Tuesday, January 22, 2013

"Undercover Christianity"

"Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them." Matthew 7:20
There seems to be a lot of "undercover" Christians-- "secret" Christians. How is that possible? How is it possible that if you are one, no one knows you are? You can't keep it to yourself. I hear people say that you don't have to go around telling everyone you are a Christian. I agree. But if you are, you can't help but make it known. What's in your heart will come out of your mouth in your speech. You aren't able to keep from talking about the Lord and the wonderful goodness He has bestowed on you. You can't help but share the testimony of how He saved you and changed your life. And you desire to obey His commission to tell others. 
Let's say a person is a Christian but they never verbally share their faith in Christ. You still can't be "undercover", people are going to know because of the "fruit" you bear. What fruit are you bearing? Apple trees bear apples, lemon trees bear lemons. Even if a tree is not a fruit bearing tree, you still can identify it by its leaves. There is something that makes it recognizable and separate from the other trees. There is a certain characteristic, attitude and behavior that we as Christians should bear... it is the likeness of Jesus Christ. 
The bottom line is-- it is impossible to hide our Christianity if we are a Christian (at least for long). It will come out of our mouth and be evident in our lifestyle. We are the light of the world, you can't hide a light unless you place it under something to deliberately hide it. And if you are a Christian, why would you want to? Why wouldn't we want to share this glorious salvation with others? Why wouldn't we want them to have the opportunity to experience it for themselves? How can we not talk about our precious Lord who we love so much?
Have a great day. Are you being an "undercover" Christian, never sharing your faith, hiding your light so that no one can see it? My question is why and how is that possible?
For further reading:
Matthew 5:16; 7:17-20
Luke 6:45
Acts 1:8
Isaiah 43:10
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