Wear God on your sleeve!

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“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”

Matthew 4:19

Whenever I see or imagine a fisherman he never looks like something else. For instance I never see a fisherman wearing a suit and tie like a business man, or scrubs like a nurse, or a fire suite like firefighters. When I see a fisherman he look like, well a fisherman.

The second one looks like me a little LOL, but my point is there is a specific look that Christians aught to have. I’m not referring to clothing because a dress code isn’t exactly spelled out for us in the bible. As far as what we wear it is important to remember to stay modest and humble. But just because there is no specific dress code doesn’t mean there is no image we are to uphold. Christians aren’t supposed to look or act like the world. Our appearance should be radiant and it should be apparent to others who it is that we follow.

Our cadence and demeanor are our uniform. Just like someone would recognize a fisherman, fireman, or a police officer by examining their uniform, people should be able to identify what you are by looking at you. We are called to be set apart and different from the world so when we stand among worldly people we should not bear any resemblance. Β Wearing God on your sleeve means abstaining from carnal pleasures, withdrawing from profane and licentious conversation, upholding the word and its values, being intransigent with secular population and being unashamed of Jesus Christ and His good news.

Spreading the word of God isn’t all about public speaking and grabbing someone to the side and telling them about the good news. Spreading the word of God is also about how you live your everyday life. Your actions speak louder than words. Some people would much rather see someone living out the Christian lifestyle and commend that individual on their own terms, rather than be told what they aught to be doing.

The bottom line is don’t just privately acknowledge God, proudly talk the talk and more importantly walk the walk. Be committed, stand firm, be bold and show people that your not afraid to stand up for God.

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Greater things

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Jesus says to Nathaniel in John 1:48-50 That He saw Nathaniel when he was alone under a fig tree. Nathaniel was amazed by this and Jesus told him that this was only the beginning.

God’s will for us is to make us greater than the way we were when we started following Him. In my relatively short life I have witnessed some amazing things from God, but still find myself down about my a current trial that I am facing. I look at the obstacle in front of me and am overwhelmed with frustration and despair. It’s as if I am sitting under a tree and the shadow it casts over me is a shadow of discouragement. This shadow in comparison to me is greater than I am, so my head hangs low. Until I realize that God is greater than I am and that this shadow casted over me though great from my perspective, is but a grain of sand to God. He who is in me is greater and His will for me is to make me greater. The miracles I’ve witnessed were only the beginning, just like Nathaniel. God has greater things for me to witness.