Does Being Christian Make You Different?
If you were put on trial for being a Christian could you be convicted for it? Could someone by following you around and taking notes about the way you live your life, not just the cleaned up version of your life that you show to others but the way you actually live your life, prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you are a follower of Jesus and his friend?
This is not a question about going to church, or having tons of scripture memorized and at your finger tips, or any of the other things that we typically think of as looking like a Christian. The goal should not be to “look like a Christian” but to actually be friends with Jesus and to follow him. Being a follower of Jesus and becoming a saint is NOT about your image but about how you live your life every day.
Jesus tells us that the two greatest commandments are to love God and then love others (Matthew 22:35-40) He is quoting from the Shema in the Old Testament (Deuteronomy 6:4-9) which is a foundational prayer. In the Shema we are told that we are to love the LORD with all our soul, mind, strength , and all that makes you you. Everything that is unique and wonderful about you is to be engaged in loving God. Loving God is like loving anything or anyone. It takes intentional effort. You have to try to actually love someone. This love means spending time with talking to God, listening to God, and reading Holy Scripture. (BTW Morning Prayer with Sal et Lucem on FB Live Mondays and Tuesdays at 7:45 AM is a good way to start that if you need some help) Loving God means worshiping him. Loving God also means being a blessing in the lives of others because he has been and continues to be such a blessing in the lives of others. Loving others is only possible if you first love God. If you love God, actually love him and not lie and just say you love him, then you WILL go out into the wide world and love people. Loving people means holding them in you heart and in your hands. It means offering your thoughts and prayers BUT ALSO offering your money and your hands. It means becoming friends.
Are you a Christian? If you have to tell me I won’t believe you anyways.