Walking the Christian Talk
I have a friend. I’ll call him “John.” A wonderful guy. Loving, generous, kind, caring, sensitive, and hard working. A devoted husband and loving father to three terrific kids. John’s neighbor is a big believer. I’ll call her “Beth.” She is in her 80s now. Loving and worshiping Jesus Christ since the day she was born. Beth is a wonderful lady too.
The other day Beth said to me, “You know what I’ve noticed about John? He’s the most Christian man I have ever met. I mean it. John is so thoughtful and caring and he thinks nothing of lending a hand to anyone in need and never asks for anything in return. Such a generous, kind soul.”
A glowing but amusing comment. Why? The most Christian man Beth has ever met in her 80 years as a Christian…is not a Christian. Nope, far from it. John has never been to a Sunday service, never read the Bible, does not know the first thing about Jesus Christ. In fact, John has told me on more than one occasion that he does not even believe in God! John does as Christ does and people like Beth – there are others too – notice it. An all round terrific guy…who does not know the first thing about Jesus.
One day I pray John is saved but in the meantime I am proud to be his good friend. He sets an example for us all, especially Christians who for one reason or another shy away from walking the Christian talk.
For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps (1 Peter 2:21)
We follow and worship the Lord Jesus Christ to not only understand His teachings and accept Him into our hearts but follow in His footsteps. To be as Christ in all we say and do. Jesus is the One, our living savior who sacrificed it all so we could live in peace, love, joy, and hope without sin or fear. An eternal life guaranteed for all who surrendered themselves to God in faith and obedience and accept Christ’s love into their hearts. Yet how many of us can truly say we are the Christ? Love and worship God with all your heart, soul and mind but also love your neighbor as yourself?
John is a role model for me – my atheist role model! – and, dare I say it, I wish more Christians could be like John.
After all, what’s the point of being a Christian if you do not act like one?
I know. It is a huge challenge and a daily struggle to be the best Christian you can be. Shine the light in a darkened, fallen world and bring peace, hope, joy, goodness, truth and freedom into the lives of those who have never heard the Word of God. Have neighbors like Beth see how we love both friends and strangers alike. Touch hearts, transform neighborhoods, change communities and have an impact on the world during our short time on earth. Make a real difference in the lives of many as we walk the Christian talk.
John has nothing to prove. I’ve known him for decades and know his heart. He does not brag or boast about how good he is. On the contrary, he is one of the most down-to-earth and humble people I know. Never looking for fame, glory or riches. Living a modest life, working hard, and giving back to the neighborhood and community time and time again. Not looking for anything in return. “The most Christian man I have ever met,” says Beth.
Hearing Beth’s comment was my wake-up call. We must walk the Christian talk or else why do we worship and praise God in the first place? How can we truly accept Christ into our hearts when we think only of ourselves and keep Christ to ourselves? Fearing to step out and openly share the love of Christ to all.
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God (Ephesians 5:1-2)Walk the Christian talk, be as Christ in all you say and do Click To Tweet
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