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)

#light-and-salt, #living-the-faith, #worldly-living

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11-23-2015 Worldly Living

Christians “should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart” (Ephesians 4:17-18 NKJV). People who are “alienated from the life of God” are: clueless as to what life is really about; can’t see beyond their own lusts; are ignorant and not worldly-wise; and blind to what is good and decent. Jesus came to “seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10 NKJV). Jesus’ message to the lost is: “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16 NKJV). Jesus died for you, live for Him, and then Thank God.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#baptized, #blind, #lusts, #worldly-living