What does your Christian walk look like? Is it going to church on Sundays? Attending the weekly student ministry service? Tweeting bible verses? Opening your bible once a week? If your life looks ordinary, then you are not making the most of your religion. If your life looks like the life of a non-believer, then you are not making the most of your religion.
Non-believers are going to have absolutely no reason to want to come to Christ if your life does not look different. A person who posts a bible verse on facebook, twitter, etc, has the potential to reach out to so many people. But, if the next picture that person posts is of them with an alcoholic beverage in their hand, then they are discrediting themselves. This is just one example, and it is one of the most common that I see as a college student.
Another common example is anxiety. If you live a life in fear, or if you are constantly stressed, then what does that say about your relationship with God? Why would anyone want to surrender their life to Christ if all they see are “Christians” who are constantly worried or angry. To me, that doesn’t sound appealing. As believers we know that these emotions are not from God. So, as believers why do we let these emotions weigh us down? That is a question that I will never know the answer to. But, what I do know is that when non-believers look at our Christian lives and see that nothing sets us apart, they have no reason to even want to know God. They will never know that anxiety, anger, and stress do not come from God. (Anxiety is something that I’ve struggled with my entire life, but I am slowly, but surely overcoming. So, if you are reading this, do not take offense, instead, be encouraged.)
You cannot walk with God if you are holding hands with the devil. And, the devil does not come dressed in a red cape and pointy horns. He comes as everything you’ve ever wished for.
What I want my readers to take away from this:
- Our Christian lifestyle speaks much louder than our Christian vocabulary.
How to apply this: Do not just know God’s word. Live God’s word. “Knowledge without application is devastation.” In harsh honesty, there is really no reason to know bible verses if you are not going to live your life according to them every second of every day.
- Stop entertaining yourself with the things that your God went to the cross for.
- God wants all of you. He never asked for some of you. He never asked to be your last priority. He wants your best and your first.
Check yourself: If a complete stranger were to look at your instagram, your tweets, even your favorited tweets, or your facebook page, what would they think of you? Would they see someone who is walking with the Lord, or would they see you as just a typical person?