Do our lives promote our faith?
It’s common to hear the church likened to a hospital. People come with varying symptoms of spiritual brokenness, finding their healing in Jesus. Although it’s a reasonable analogy, many people have difficulty looking beyond hypocritical behavior within the church to see how it could possibly be of any benefit to the world. I encourage them to consider, in the context of this analogy, that the church might more specifically be compared to a hospital’s psychiatric ward, where all the patients walk around acting like they’re the doctors.
Jesus talked about how difficult we make it for people to believe in God, when we live a life contrary to the message of His love. If you’re unfamiliar with it, read Matthew 23 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew%2023&version=NLT).
I often refer to a quote by Brennan Manning. He said, “The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians: who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, walk out the door, and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.” Take time to evaluate your actions and the quality of your testimony. Is there something about your life that makes your faith unbelievable?
Romans 12:1-2 says, “Therefore, I urge you,brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
Posted on August 13, 2013, in Chris Jones, Christianity and tagged Brennan Manning, Church, God, Hospital, Hypocrite, Matthew, Psychiatric Ward, Romans, Sadducees, Witness. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.