Are you any different?

As a Christian, are you any different than your non-Christian co-workers?

If your answer is no, then only one of two things is happening:

  1. You’re self-employed
  2. You’re not living out your Christianity

Do you laugh at or tell the same crude jokes as everyone else? Are you able to talk about every TV show and movie that gets brought up around the water-cooler? Do you cuss to fit in? Is your gossip as ill-willed as the best of them? Would the people you work with be surprised to see you if they randomly visited the congregation you’re a member of?

Do your co-workers know you care about the soul of others? Do you participate in benevolent works less than they do? Does your lukewarm-Christianity help them feel better about the non-existence of their own relationship with God?

If you’re not different (and I’m not saying “arrogantly better than” mind you) than your non-Christian co-workers then you’re not the salt and light Jesus has called us to be (Matthew 5:13-16) and there are some changes that need to be made (2 Corinthians 7:8-11).

Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles—when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you. They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. For this reason the gospel was preached also to those who are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.” (1 Peter 4:1-6 NKJV)

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Sean Ashberry flips the question about influence over

Living Under the Influence | Bulletin Digest

What if, instead of worrying about whether you were doing the right thing, you focused on how you can so live so as to influence other people to be better than they would be on their own? What if, instead of trying to hide from Satan, we began to live for Jesus?

Great article on Christian influence by Sean Ashberry.

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