We need to be careful how we are living! We are representing God to the world. There is a responsibility that comes with being a part of a church.
In Titus 1:16 Paul says this about some fake church people “They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works.”
That is a scary description of a church!
How seriously do you take the fact that you are claiming to be Christians? Are you really a child of God? Are you mindful that many people are forming their beliefs, or lack thereof, about God based off of what they see in you?
I was reminded of this recently when I was up at the local community ball fields. The baseball fields in the evenings are typically a place where people are relaxed and at ease. We wear shorts and shirts and ball caps and dirty shoes, and we do not put much thought toward looking very church-like. There are many people at the Fairdale Youth League that I do not know and that I have never seen before. Well this past week, I was up around the ball fields and I had a stranger approach me and began asking me about our church. They talked to me about our church as if we were both aware of the fact that I was the pastor. To be honest, I did not know that they knew I was a pastor.
After that conversation, I began to wonder how they knew. Did someone tell them? I wonder how they explained it. Did they speak well of us at FBCF? Or was their perception of us not so positive?
I further wondered, had they seen me with a bad attitude? Had they seen me frustrated? Had they seen me prideful? Had they seen me be rude with my children or my wife?
These things matter! What they see in us is often what they think of God!
Let’s be careful to live faithful lives to God!
With all sincerity,
Your pastor, Josh