Midweek Push

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

You, yourselves, are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone.” (2 Corinthians 3:2, NIV)

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Billboards. Commercials. Magazines. Bumper stickers. Designer labels. Newspapers. No matter where you look or turn, there is some form of advertisement looking to get your attention; what car we should drive, how we should smell, how we should vote, what clothes we should wear, or what foods we should or should not eat. Whether we know it or not, we are influenced in some ways, by the images and messages we receive.

In 2 Corinthians 3:2, Paul reminds us that we too are a walking advertisement. People are watching you. Before you get freaked out, it’s true. Whether you realize it or not, outside of your immediate family or closest friends, somebody is watching you and reading what messages you are giving off.

What do people see when they “read” you? What if the ad to your life read like this:

Looking for a person who leaves others feeling empty? Looking for a Debbie downer who rains on everyone’s parade or Negative Nancy who is always the bearer of bad news? Looking for someone to ruin your day with complaints? Looking for someone who shares with the entire workplace about their church, but never invites anyone to worship with them? Looking for someone who talks behind the boss’s back, but smiles in their face? Looking for someone to criticize your every move and shoot down any dreams you may have?

Ouch! These are actual phrases that non-believers have shared about some Christians they know. Again we say, ouch!

As Christians, we would all like to believe that the messages that we portray to others are healthy, inviting, encouraging, or joyful; however if we’re honest, sometimes our “Christian ads” can be received as hypocritical.

We shout on Sunday, but are miserable on Monday; posting scriptures on Tuesday, but cursing on Wednesday; hosting prayer meeting on Thursday, but telling people’s business on Friday. You get what we’re saying…

This message is for you and for us. Since we know that people are reading us, shouldn’t we want them to see, think of, or be reminded of Christ when they see us? This push is to remind you that people are watching and being influenced by the messages we’re releasing.

So before we go verbally acknowledging and sharing to the entire world that we are Christians, let’s make sure that our advertisement is really leading others to Christ. It’s one thing to be a verbal Christian (and people hear it all the time), but it’s another thing to be a called out-walking Christian (and people read it all the time).

What will you advertise today?

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