They Will Know
It didn’t take me long in reading through the book of Ezekiel to spot the every-other-paragraph appearance of the phrase, “Then they will know that I am the Lord.” It made me look at my life and ask the question, “Will people be able to look at me and come to the conclusion, “Surely, John is a Christian?” Are my words and actions and patterns of living so Christ-like that they clearly stand out? I could tell them I am a Christian, or hand them a copy of my salvation testimony. But the question is, would they be able to tell by my words and actions?
The book of Philippians paints a great picture that drives this thought home for me. In chapter two, verses fourteen through sixteen the believer is compared to a bright star shining against a lightless background.
There are a lot of nice people in the world. Some even very nice. But a Christian’s life should stand out against the mixture of nice and not-so-nice people as to say, “This person is definitely different—maybe a Christian.”
So, what is there in my life that should shine so brightly, that even a short-time acquaintance will see a little bit of Jesus in me?
One answer that comes to mind is the use of one’s spiritual gifts. (Romans 12:6-8 gives a list.) Every believer has one. Do they use theirs faithfully or only occasionally? Do they even know what it is? But the truth remains that, if they do use it, in faith, their star will twinkle a little brighter.
1 Peter 2:9,10 reads, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”
The responsibility of being a priest can be simply stated: Talking to people about God, and talking to God on behalf of people.
A good number of people keep their religious convictions to themselves. But to hear a friend speak a word of truth to them, such as: God loves you, God has a plan for your life, or God wants to meet this need in your life; that just could strike at the center of their heart and compel them to ask for more.
These are just some thoughts to ponder about your visibility as a believer in Jesus. So, the next time you hear, or just think about Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, ask yourself, “Am I?”