Who you are

Earlier today on Bellshill Salvation Army Band’s Facebook page I shared some devotions. I’d like to share those devotions with you tonight.

In the last week or two I’ve found myself thinking about identity, and how we show others our identity, such as our nationality, our religion, or job etc. I was reminded of a situation I observed a couple of years ago where the observing how someone spoke or acted, did not match with my expectations based on something the person was wearing.

Let me tell you about that situation from a couple of years ago…

I was sitting at table in a restaurant near a group of four girls (probably aged about 18 or 19). After I’d been sitting for just a few minutes a few tables away from these girls, I soon found it impossible to ignore one of the girls as she was talking twice as loud as any of the others but just about every second word she uttered was an obscenity!

The other girls at that table didn’t seem to mind or even notice the foul language coming from their friend, even although in comparison, their language was angelic in comparison to their friend’s.

After a little while, when the girls went to leave the restaurant, I noticed that the girl who was uttering all the obscenities was wearing a long necklace with a 6 – 8 cm cross hanging from it. I was shocked, as wearing a cross seemed such a contradiction to the girl’s language, as she’d been using Christ’s name to curse and swear. If ever someone could give out the wrong impression of a Christian, this girl was managing just that.

I had no idea whether this young girl claimed to be a Christian or not, however if she was a Christian, I have to say, she is certainly did not give others the right impression of what it means to be a Christian.

In remembering this situation, I found myself wondering what kind of example of a Christian to we give others? I pray that each of us, regardless of where we are in our relationship with Christ, will know who God is, and accept Him into our hearts, so that others can see Christ in us.

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