Christ In Us
By: Pauline Lee
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"Colossians 4:5 NIV: Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.
Some people may never go to church, and they may never read the Bible, however, they will look at our lives, and our walk with the Lord. We must be mindful of how we treat others, since we carry the moniker of being a Christian. Our daily testimony of God's goodness can lead someone to Christ"
- extracted from Faithwriters Daily Devotional on 30th November 2003
It grieves me when I meet Sunday Christians. To them, church is their only place of worship. As soon as they leave church, their lives reflect that of paganism. I mourn even more for those who call themselves Christians when they do not even go to church on Sundays and live with no God fearing hearts. It is because majority of Christians in the world live like they are of the world, non-Christians do not see the reason why Christianity is ever different from other religions.
On the other hand, we should not just treat our Christ-centered walk based on the compelling reason of mere laws. Else, we are no different from other religions that require their believers to resort to 5-time daily worship, and forced fasting. Our walk with the Lord and our mindfulness of treating others should be based on LOVE. 1 Cor 13:13 "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." For because of love, we learn to be gracious with our words, merciful towards people, forgiving in nature, generous in our giving, and show others the Christ in us. Without genuine love, it is also difficult to be genuine in our daily testimony for Christ. Nevertheless, I have also met Christians who keep Christ in them but never allow Christ to come out of them. Here, I am referring to religious patriarchs who only preach from their pulpits and Christians who seek reclusive living. Knowledge alone is not enough for salvation - when we are given the seeds, we should sow them so that we can experience the harvest. Are we like the seed in Mark 4:20 - sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times what was sown?
Daisy is my friend and actively serving the Lord in several church ministries. When we talked, Daisy will always relate her different ministry works and church leadership positions to me. When we meet, Daisy will always be engrossed in subjects about herself and there was endless chatter about every positive result from her church project. Then she will gather gossip and start relating stories about ladies who are on the verge of divorce. This was her favorite subject matter. Her conversation includes a lot of self-praise but it was all missing one precious ingredient - CHRIST. She rejected those who failed to meet her "perfect" checklist and worse, gossiped about them. She will even elevate herself to greater "spiritual" heights by creating false prophesy that so-and-so's husband will be having an affair. As a Christian sister, I was disappointed with Daisy. There was a lot of self-glorification, self-righteousness, condemnation towards others, yet the church chose such a person to be in a position of authority. Packed with lies and deceit, such people walk the earth and testify for the Lord yet their words, attitudes and behaviors speak that of evil. I urge all to start examining their lives and let the Christ in them to constantly be revealed. Amen.