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Christians today have to do a bit of reputation management. There are no shortages of examples on social media of supposed Christian leaders acting like complete fools. However, this isn’t new, people have been weaponizing Christianity from the beginning. With all this going on how will people know you are a Christian at work? We discussed this a bit earlier with What does it mean to be a Christian. However, that post approaches it from an inward facing way, dealing with a little theology. It also deals with you and your relationship with Christ. In other words, it answers the question, “how do I know I’m saved.” Today we want to look at how other know you’re a Christian, and specifically in the marketplace.
Let’s face it, we’re not going to convince strangers of anything life changing on social media. Instead of fostering loving conversations, these platforms are often used to spout out judgmental rhetoric without recourse. That’s not Christian like. We’ve drifted so far from what Christians are supposed to do, we look more like the religious pharisees than anything Christ-like. So, today I ask, What does it mean to be a Christian?
I spent the better part of my life trying to figure out why God made me. However, often I’d be obsessive even to the point of depression that I could not figure out what I’m supposed to be doing. I’d ask, “how will God use me?” For me, I had to realize that “purpose” was not synonymous with value. Our value isn’t determined by what we do! Our value is determined by what Jesus did. However, if our ultimate purpose is to worship God, then how do we do that practically?
My intent isn’t to persecute the church. I’m a part of the church body as well! Instead, I’m simply pleading that we humbly examine our Sunday routines and see if there is any truth to the claims.
Every church worship experience should be like planning a wedding. We get the opportunity to worship the one true living God. He has a relationship with us and not only do we get to sing and learn more about Him at church, but He also delights in it. Every service isn’t going to always hit this lofty thought of authentic spirit-led worship. However, there is nothing stopping us (the church) from dropping our pride and approaching worship with authenticity.
They say that church attendance is 65% women and even a larger percentage are the volunteers. Is that what the Bible meant when God called Eve a “helpmeet?” I’ve never heard a message from the pulpit that described what a helpmeet was supposed to be. I decided to take my 21st century mindset and look at a word that frankly, I suspected as being mistranslated.
What you say matters, but what you say to yourself may matter most. In leadership, the toughest person to lead is yourself. If you don’t settle your identity in Christ it can make that task infinitely more tough. A self-spoken pep talk is beneficial but Tony Robbins didn’t create affirmations, I dare say God did. Long before we had the word, we had the Word and God literally breathed us into existence with His Word.