When I am doing the work of the Church, Mass or a hospital visit, I wear a black clerical shirt and a collar. This is a part of the Anglican tradition and one that I hold as a very high honor. The question that I present to myself before putting it on is “Do you need this collar for people to know you are a Christian?” There are times that I feel that I would answer yes but I know it should never be that way.
I know that many of you that will read this blog post have not been called to this kind of ministry, as I have not been called to what you have been called to either. But do you need a hat, a sign, a bumper sticker, or a shirt that says you are a Christian?
We all face days that are better than others. We all fall short, even on our best days. But how are you known to others. Consider how each person that you come in contact with everyday would label you if asked. Would their first response be a Christian? A jerk? High strung? Fake? Nice? Sweet? The list goes on…
More over, how would those that are closer to you answer? Maybe it wouldn’t be “Christian”, but how about loving, joyous, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, self-controlled. If those who come in contact with you would say these things truthfully, then you are known as having Christian qualities. Does any of this sound familiar:
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Here is an example that I have shared in my Youth Ministry: Take a light and completely cover it with a box. What happens to the light? It cannot shine of course. It is still there, but cannot be seen.
If the light of Christ is not shining through you, then go to the Father and work together on finding out what your box is that is hiding HIS light.
In His Name,