You’re a Christian?
In college I waited tables at TGI Fridays. Even though it was good money, I dreaded going to work. I just wanted to do my time and go home. One afternoon in a conversation with another waiter, the topic of church came up. He was shocked that I attended church. He said I looked more like a partier (my beard was a little less tamed back then). After a few minutes I finally convinced him I was a Christian. As you can imagine, my head was spinning that day thinking about the changes I needed to make in how I interacted with people outside of church.
All of us have the tendency to blend in to our environment. This might be to avoid conflict or to be accepted. Whatever the reason, we must push past our natural tendencies and be intentional about sharing our faith. I’ve never had someone walk up to me and say “Hey, I’m not a Christian, but I’d like to be. Can you tell me about Jesus?” As we build relationships with people, we have to direct the conversation as we depend on the Holy Spirit for guidance.
Do the people around you know what you believe and why you believe it?
The apostle Paul was around non-believers quite often. Look what he writes in Philippians 1:12-13
Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. 13 As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ.
Don’t waste your time “getting through the day.” Remember why God has placed you where you are.
Scripture of the week – 1 Peter 3:15-16
But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have, but do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.