This weekend my family and I attended a worship conference. While there we all had wristbands that had the conference name on them. There were thousands of people in the city with those same bands. Everywhere you looked, someone was there – every restaurant, every store, every street.
Wearing that bracelet, I thought a lot about if people wore a sign over their heads that said “Follower of Christ.” This sign would be a visible indicator of who we represent in this world much like that wristband indicated that I was there for a worship conference.
Would we act or react the same if we had a sign? Would we treat people and situations differently knowing they knew we were a Christian?
There’s not a Christian that doesn’t have emotions and who doesn’t fail at being their best sometimes. We’re human.
When we are followers of Christ, however, there’s potential for those who know this fact to see us nail or fail our being our best each day. In turn, it gives us the opportunity to destroy our witness or let them see our light shine and see who we follow.
We are supposed to be Christ-like in all matters but we sometimes fail.
But, we’re often given the chance to right wrongs. You have the chance to seek forgiveness. You have the chance to react differently in the restaurants, on the street, in the stores, and every where you go.
So, if you had a sign, would you be embarrassed by your actions and would you do things differently? Would your actions speak louder than your words? Are you comfortable knowing you have the opportunity to make or break your witness?
Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Ephesians 4:1-3 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.