Mixed Messages

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.

10 thoughts on “Mixed Messages

  1. Very wise words, Amy. The aspect of the story you bring up is one I have not thought of before (what the Levite and the priest chose to do after seeing the one in need)–thanks for speculating 🙂

    We are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus in this world. We can’t afford to pass on those moments of ministry.

  2. This was an awesome post and a great reminder. I used to pray every morning and ask God if there was someone who was hurting or who needed to hear the gospel to bring them in my path and to quicken my spirit so I would listen to his leading and speak. He always brought someone in my path.

  3. Sunday talk vs Monday walk…that has always troubled me about the Christianity I see today…so little walk out there…I realize that He is full of mercy and grace and there are many who call Him Lord whose walk is rather weak and it would be the responsibility of those who are stronger to bear them up…however I have always hoped to provide what my nephew once called Jesus with skin on…a walk that matches or at least attempts to mirror Christ Himself…I certainly need His mercy and grace for that as much as any…

  4. Christy, thank you for your thoughts and your visit. We are to be the extension of Christ to the world. I am praying that the Lord will help me to do more and be more for him.

    Dana, that is a great plan. One that we all need to practice. Thank you for sharing this with us.

    jadasgigi, The stronger do indeed need to support the weaker like you say. We also need to take responsibility for our own Christian life, and do all we can to follow Christ. It is part of being a disciple of his. If each Christian would do his or her part to follow Christ wholeheartedly, we would turn the world upside down for Him. Thanks for all your thoughts.

  5. Well said, Amy. I needed to read that. I think every believer should read your post and ponder those thoughts. When we fail to back up our words by our actions, we fail to back up our Saviour. We reflect badly on our Lord, and can be stumbling blocks to the lost.

    As you have said, we must let the Holy Spirit work in us and mold us into the likeness of our Saviour. Amen!!

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