Be the Message!

“The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, so do and observe whatever they tell you, but not the works they do. For they preach, but do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear,and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger.” –Matthew 23:2-4

Your Christianity was never meant to be hidden. That is why Jesus says that we are “the light of the world” because our good works are meant to be seen to give glory to God (Matthew 5:14-16). In essence, we represent God on this earth as ambassadors to the Kingdom (2 Corinthians 5:20).

Sometimes we have the tendency to think that our relationship with Christ is a personal affair, of which no one should care because it’s none of their business. However, this mentality runs antithesis to what the Bible teaches. We are open books to the world. Jesus is revealed to humanity through us.

This is why Jesus had such a negative reaction to the Pharisees. Technically, they were the teachers of the Law. They had great knowledge of what God wanted. By most accounts they taught this effectively. However, their life did not reflect the teachings they purported to believe. In sum, they had religion without demonstrating a life of relationship to God.

If we wish to effectively evangelize our family and community, it is imperative that we live out the principles in the Bible. According to the Barna Group, the greatest barriers to evangelism are not found in ineffective preaching or a church’s worship style, but rather in the disgust of nonbelievers because of lifestyles that claim faith in Christ but whose actions do not match that claim.

If we teach that Christ offers us life in abundance (John 10:10), then we must strive to reach that goal in order to be a testimony to the world. Our marriages need to reflect the godly standards of holiness, understanding, love, and patience. Our relationships should reflect the godly standards of integrity, truth, goodness, fairness, and compassion. Our churches should reflect godliness as well, with members who love their pastors and avoid the demonic indulgences of gossip, slander, avarice, and apathy.

Proclaiming Christ is not enough! We need to reveal to the world the Christ within us!