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