Think about the top official person of whatever you’re really interested in – the President of the United States, the Governor of your state, the Mayor of your city, the Commissioner of the National Football League :). Imagine this person on TV announcing to everyone that ‘We are here today to give praise to the God of (your name). (Your name) trusted in God and he came through for them. So I am passing a new law that no one anywhere can say anything against this God. For no other god can do what he did.”
Very few of us get involved in a such a dramatic test of our faith. But we have little tests all of the time. Someone asks us a question where we could bring up God or not. What to we do? Avoid the subject? Not bring it up? Or bring it up? Let people who that we love God.
What do we choose?
As often happens when I write a blog like this, God challenged me 2 days ago about this same issue. I was ordering a salad in the café in the office building where I work…I was in a hurry…lots of people I didn’t know standing around. I often talk to the manager and he was taking my order. When he was done, he asked me what plans I had for the weekend.
My plans this weekend were to be a group leader in an all-day discipleship training at church yesterday and go to church again today. And fit in some time to get my hair done. I was going to sound pretty ‘churchy’ if I shared my real plans, wasn’t I? In front of all of these people?
I had already started this blog and I was immediately convicted about my second thoughts on sharing what I was really going to do. So, I told him the truth. And he smiled and said he was planning to go to church Sunday, too. How nice! Now we have something more in common.
Little tests. Small unexpected challenges to share what we’re REALLY doing or how we REALLY feel.
Please help us grow in being able to always live our Christian lives out loud, dear Father.