We have been baptized and we call ourselves Christian, yet how do we reflect the message of the Christ we claim to follow? Christ saw situations as they were and was not afraid to speak the truth. He knew what it was to be poor and homeless and so he had a compassionate welcoming heart. He did not despise those presumed to be sinners but called those who were outwardly holy and inwardly oppressive to accountability. What about us? Do we prefer to love the baby in the manger or to follow the man who loved with the love of God?
Create a new heart within me, O God.
I will examine myself to see how I can be recognized as a Christian.
God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power.
He went about doing good and healing all those oppressed …
for God was with him.
The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan
to be baptized by him.
John tried to prevent him, saying,
“I need to be baptized by you,
and yet you are coming to me?”
Jesus said to him in reply,
“Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us
to fulfill all righteousness.”
Then he allowed him.
Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion – it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.
A man ought to live so that everybody knows he is a Christian… and most of all, his family ought to know.
Dwight L. Moody
One of the most important responsibilities in the Christian life is to care about others, smile at them, and be a friend to the friendless.
You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood become a matter of life and death to you.
C. S. Lewis