Are we sending Mixed Messages?
Frank and Barb were driving down the street when they saw a garbage truck ahead of them. Across the back was written in large letters: Jesus Died For You! The couple was impressed by the driver’s boldness to witness for his faith. As they drove closer to pass, they noticed another smaller sign posted on the truck above the gospel witness: “Stay back one hundred feet.”
How often in the Christian life do we say one thing and mean another? We say that the word of God is for all, but would we walk across the street to witness or help someone if God prompted us to do so?
The story of the Good Samaritan found in Luke 10 comes to mind as I ponder these questions. The priest in the story passes by without helping. A Levite came by and “looked on him”, then passed by on the other side also. Two men who would be considered religious by the world’s standards passed by him without giving to him what he needed the most. I wonder if either one of them went to their places of worship, and talked of how we should help others in time of need. Maybe, they prayed for the man that they saw on the side of the road. This is only speculation, of course. We know only of their actions as shared in the Scripture, but I wonder if their words coincided with their actions.
Christ is our true and perfect example of one whose words and actions backed each other up. If we want be like him, we must follow his leadership. In 1 John 2:5-6, we find, “But whoso keepeth his word, in verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” We are showing the love of Christ when we keep our word. We become more like him when we show that love in our actions.
Paul also challenges us in Ephesians 4:1 to “walk worthy of the vocation where with ye are called.” I want to practice consistency where my words and actions are concerned. This is where we must ask the Holy Spirit to work through us. The weaknesses of our flesh want us to “pass by on the other side” like the priest and the Levite. If you want to live this life with consistency, you must rely on Christ when you are weak. We must make up our mind ahead of time that we are going to follow his example and his leadership in our life only then will our Sunday talk match our Monday walk.