I am reading the book The Last Christian. In one part, a man tells Abby, the last Christian in America, that it was easy for Christianity to fade away as newer generations didn’t see any difference between Christians and non Christians. The premise of the book is that Abby comes out of the jungle to discover a new America that has completely turned from God. She alone is the only Christian in America. It’s a slow read but really thought provoking.
This really made me ponder if my life looks any different from someone who doesn’t know Jesus. Can you see His love radiating from me? Does it make you want to know what it is that is different in my life than yours?
The Bible tells us to be in the world not of the world. If you are in the world then you are worried about worldly things. If you keep your focus on the heavenly things then those things become irrelevant. I often have to stop and ask myself, will this matter when I stand before the Judgment Seat? Is it better to have dishes in my sink so I can deliver a meal to a close friend that is overwhelmed with her newly adopted son? Is it ok that Madison’s room didn’t get painted so I could help a young mom out by watching her kids so she can work? How about dropping the kids off at their church activities on a Wednesday evening and having coffee with a mom who is struggling with an Asperger’s diagnosis?
These are things that I want to be different. When I stand before God and give an account of my life , it will not matter whether I kept a clean house or whether I drove a fancy car and lived in a big house. What will matter is whether I followed His will for my life and did what I could to advance the Kingdom of God. It will matter that my life looked different from someone who didn’t know Jesus because I kept my focus on Him. It’s not an easy task and I often falter and stumble. I pray that more times than not I looked different for the right reasons. That you can tell I love Jesus without even knowing me. In the end, that’s all that matters.