People expect this pastor to be an example of Christian faith living. I am expected to represent Christ in the community. While I sincerely try to share God’s good news in my conscious life, I know that in the wholeness of my day, I fail many times to demonstrate God’s grace.
How about you? Does how you relate to others tell them who you say Jesus is? I have met people dedicated to “churchianity,” who rarely have an inkling of what God has done and continues to do for them, and how they are called in their baptism to share it. I have met others who wouldn’t enter a sanctuary of worship due to fear of being rejected because of their appearance or lifestyle. Yet they show compassion and forbearance well beyond the best expectations. They may have no formal religious background, but the spirit of Christ chooses to express itself through their weaknesses and their talents. As strangers in this world, they walk the walk without always knowing the talk. But they describe Christ.
We are baptized into a living, day-to-day relationship with God’s creation. If we keep God in our focus, we will be given many opportunities to say and show who Jesus is.
Dear God, don't let us ever lose confidence in who you are and how you love. Amen. — SO