Walking Billboards

96/100 #SoWillI #Inspired

I once followed a trend on twitter where someone asked a question “Why did you stop going to church?” The answers were out of this world. Well I know one or two people who stopped going to church because they were hurt, and others just gave up on God and everyone else in church became a pretender. But on this day I realized there are so many people who don’t go to church for various reasons. It was heartbreaking just to go through the comments. The bitterness and rage towards specific churches, church leadership and even congregants, was huge! Most of them were concluding that all they need is a personal relationship with Christ. They are convinced that they don’t need fellowship with others because most of them are pretenders.

The one who caught my attention blamed the neighbour. She said that the neighbor was a staunch Christian who never missed church. She was even in church leadership but every night she witnessed her physically and verbally abusing her husband. So she concluded that church people are the worst! She went ahead to say that most church goers put on a facade on sundays and immediately after the service you would never know that they even know God.

I have had my fair share of church hurt and also seen some church goers with questionable characters. But I have come to conclude that if I have a relationship with God then He will lead me to fellowship because His word encourages us to fellowship with one another. “Let us not give up the habit of meeting together, as some are doing. Instead, let us encourage one another all the more, since you see that the Day of the Lord …” Hebrews 10:25

What hit me strongly was “could I be the cause of someone not going to church?” Many people pointed out the lives of those going to church being the exact opposite of what they believe in. Could you be the reason someone gave up on God? They watch how you behave Monday to Saturday and there’s nothing godly or desirable to emulate. They don’t desire the God you serve because of how ungodly you are. Far be it from you and I!

God instructs us to be the salt and the light of the world. People should look at our lights shining and experience the flavour our salt carries and desire the God we carry. It didn’t mean that we are perfect, it only means that we practice what we preach and be more committed to our relationship with God. That like Peter, even strangers will say “even his walk is like that of Christ! He is a disciple!”

 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:13-14

Today I pray that God will help us be walking billboards. That our actions and speech we will point people to Christ, and that no one will be discouraged to follow Christ because of our lukewarmness.

~Selah

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