Thursday, October 1, 2009

Out of Dog Food!

I was pushing my buggy through Wal-Mart late one night on my way to the aisle where the dog food is located. I had once again forgot to buy my dog food before I ran out and am now making an emergency trip before my dog becomes angry with me.

Usually my trips to Wal-Mart result in me running into someone that I know within minutes of walking in the front door. This time is a little different. As I made it to the aisle where you find the dog food I realized that I had not seen anyone that I know. Maybe it is because it is after 10:00pm. However, I had been to Wal-Mart many times after 10:00pm and had seen people that I know, but this time was a little different. In thinking about this, a question that entered in my head was, "I wonder if any of these people here are Christians?" If so, how would I know?

Is it by the clothes that they wear? Is it by how they walk? Is it by how they conduct themselves? Is it by what they say? Do I have to ask someone before I know they are a Christian or not?

A verse comes to mind here. Acts 4:13:
Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.

The last part of that verse is what is important. "that they had been with Jesus." Charles Spurgeon once said "A Christian should be a striking likeness of Jesus Christ." So I have to ask myself the question. Does anybody here look like Jesus? I am not talking about the hair or the robe. I am talking about the characteristics of people. As I think about Jesus, I think about the following characteristics and ask the following questions:

Do they have the patience of Jesus?
Are they expressing the love of Christ?
Are they speaking kindly to others?
Do they go out of their way to help those who are having difficulty?
Are they self-denying?
Are they bold about their faith?
And last, are they zealous about their Lord?

Sometimes we do not realize the opportunities that we are given to share our Lord. A busy day at the mall or Wal-Mart allows us to learn a lot about people. And as people watch you, wherever you may be, do they realize that you are a Christian?

Peter and John, I am sure not too much to look at, and being seen as ignorant, were seen as having been with Jesus. They were bold in their faith. Obviously they were a striking likeness of Jesus. It is the outward appearance of man that reveals the fullness of the heart.

Is your heart full of Christ? Do you know Him personally? Do you love him? Can others tell by looking at you in a crowded mall?

Something to think about,

In Him,
Doug Johnson

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