Are we hiding the truth?

As a teenager I heard endless sermons about ‘wearing two hats’.  This was something every youth pastor would talk about.  Being the same person in church AND out of church.  Teenagers can easily create two different lifestyle’s.  The one they have at home with their family and then the completely different one they live outside the house.

Are we only saved on a Sunday and then unsaved the rest of the week?  Are we hiding the truth?

Knowing yourself doesn’t just come with age, it comes with knowing who created you.  The more we know Christ the more we learn about who we are.  I am loved, saved by grace, accepted and forgiven.  But do I act like I’m loved, accepted and forgiven?

We can live subject to our emotions rather than our faith.  This is where the two lifestyles collide.  If our aim is to have friends and be accepted than we’ll conform ourselves to the people we want to be around.  But if our aim is Christ we will be transformed into his likeness.

Without our faith at the core of our life it moves to the periphery and our world can quickly overtake our lives.  We can start to hide, cover up or even forget that we’re saved by grace just to feel accepted.

We are a light that should be shining for Christ, but we can easily find ways to cover it up for the sake of acceptance.

We can all be friendly, kind and loving towards people, but are we being transformed by the Spirit, living by faith, living for Christ and helping others find Jesus?

God doesn’t need secret agents, he needs Ambassadors.*

I’m  a mother – all the time.  I’m not just a mum when I’m with my kids and a single woman when I’m out on my own.  I am always a mum – it’s who I am.  I can share a cute and funny story about any of my four kids at any moment of the day.  That’s because I spend all my time with them – I know them intimately.

This is how we are to live as Christians.  We don’t just meet with Jesus  at church on Sunday and leave him behind for the week.  He is in us and with us all the time.

Don’t be scared to be who you are in Christ.  It’s the most attractive thing about you!  So let’s shine our light for Christ and live with our faith at the core of our life.

You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! John 5:14-16 MSG

*2 Corinthians 5:20

 

9 Comments
  • Ailee | Snapshots & My Thoughts
    February 17, 2015

    Wow. Jenny. This post is so well written – I love it. It’s also a great reminder for us to walk the walk Monday through Saturday, not just on Sunday!

  • Tammy @ creativekkids
    February 20, 2015

    I so agree. Our relationship is caught, and our kids can tell if is genuine. I think the reason so many youth are leaving church and Christianity is that they can tell it’s not real with their own parents. If it is not lived out at home, why would they want it? It should be a daily relationship where we go to church on Sunday to celebrate our corporate worship flowing out of a heart of loving God all week.

    • Jenny Cupido
      February 20, 2015

      That’s such a great insight Tammy. Love is hard to fake and our kids definitely see the truth in our lives. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Judith
    February 20, 2015

    Love this post, it definitely spoke to me on so many levels. Thank you for sharing!

    • Jenny Cupido
      February 20, 2015

      Thanks Judith, so glad you were blessed.

  • Jennifer DeFrates
    February 21, 2015

    I love that statement that Jesus doesn’t need secret agents. I struggle with getting out of my home. Putting myself into relationships risks my tender feelings. I need the reminder that being Christ-like might expose me to more rejection, but I can expose people to Christ by at least living in the world, even if I don’t want to by of it.

    • Jenny Cupido
      February 21, 2015

      We are all called to go in to the world and share the gospel. Christ gives us this confidence because it’s not us who brings salvation but Him. I’m praying for you to gain that strength and confidence in Him. The more we know who Christ is the more confidence we gain in ourselves. THanks so much for sharing. Blessings xx

  • Michelle Twin Mum
    March 2, 2015

    Thank you Jenny. I’ve still got a lot of work to do but each year I’m becoming a little more Christ like and it is all about progress and not perfection, I have to remind myself. Mich x

    • Jenny Cupido
      March 2, 2015

      So true Mich! He accepts us right where we are and just wants to give us gifts so we can live in freedom and not in insecurity, uncertainty and shame. Lots of love xxx

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