Cute boots, a flow-y skirt and gorgeous hair. A pressed shirt, groomed face and shoes free of nicks and scuffs. Are these the marks of someone who has been with Jesus? While this is a wildly over-stereotyped image of the average church-goer, we all know the truth: your image really doesn’t (and shouldn’t) be the evidence of our life with Jesus.
“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”– Acts 4:13 (NIV)
When people encounter you, whether it’s at the grocery store, or at the DMV, will they see someone who has been with Jesus? While we may have note-worthy educations or jobs or talents, the character of our Savior is that none of that matters when it comes to being His hands and feet. Grace, joy, courage, love, hope, faith—these are the marks of someone who sits at the feet of Christ. And these things are readily available to all of us. All the time. (Take a second to really soak in the magnitude of that!)
So it’s not at all what we wear on the outside that marks us as lovers of Christ. It’s letting the Spirit radiate through us so that no matter what we may be adorning, nothing could possibly outshine the love, joy, grace and peace that comes when we open our arms in love and our lips in truth. Because of Christ, and the incredible beauty that He contains, we have the ability to astonish others, even if we are in our sweatpants.
That’s good news, folks.
Our God knows the things of greatest value in His Kingdom. Be those to the world around you. Be the radiant reflection of your beautiful Creator.
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