Published September 20, 2016

Shelia Shares
"Do You Look ‘Christian?'"

Why are we still on this earth? When we are in a right relationship with God and have asked Jesus to cleanse us from our sins, why don't we go immediately to heaven? Doesn't God want us to live with Him?

One of the reasons we are left on earth is that God has a job for us to do. We are to be His witnesses at home and abroad.

Scotty Searan, a reader of this newsletter, asked a question on Facebook: "When was the last time you could tell a person was a Christian by looking at them?"

He said, "I got a few comments and some said that it had been a while. But, most of the comments were that God looks on the heart, not on the outside. A Christian should not look any different than any other person."

He continues, "But, how are we gonna let our light shine for Christ, if we act, listen to, talk and dress like the world? Didn't the Apostle Paul say follow me as I follow Christ? Where is our Spiritual radar?

"Is this scripture relevant anymore in our churches? Matthew 5:16 reads, ‘Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.'"

I like what Scotty shared. I agree with people that God looks on the heart (see 1 Samuel 16:7). The condition of our heart is important. But, as Christians, can we just blend in and should no one be able to see that we are Christians?

When Paul and I walk through Lancaster City, we have people along the way greet us. Sometimes they will be greeting other people ahead of us in Spanish. They take one look at us, and say "Hello" rather than "Hola" (or whatever it is they might say). We might actually speak Spanish, but chances are good that we won't, so, just based on the way we look, they use English. Our appearance is our "witness" to who we are. They can see it.

I also notice that when we go to vote, certain political workers don't even offer us their literature. I have to guess they can see that we won't be supporting their candidate. Although we might greet them, they will talk to us, but they don't offer us any literature. Our appearance must say something about our character.

As Christians, as representatives of Jesus Christ, we need to be always alert to what people see. Matthew 5:16 still stands today: "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."

- Shelia

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