James 1:22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror;
24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.(NKJ)
My husband was speaking to a friend of ours who went to do some work at a couples home. The worker commented that the couple did not portray their Christianity, and that he is routinely treated very poorly.
It is sad to say, but these stories are common today. We act like Christians on Sunday, and during the rest of the week we are someone completely different. We behave and say the right buzz words with our Christian friends, but then face the world and act like them during the week.
The word above says that we are to be doers of the word. In other words, be Christ-like in every area of our lives.
I am particular when it comes to treating people. We are all Gods creation, saved or unsaved, and when we interact with others we portray Christ in us. We portray Christ with our words and actions. We are Christs representatives on earth.
I would be saddened to hear of someone speaking about me, that person not having a clue that I have Jesus in my heart. I then began to think; If I was belittling a fellow Christian, dont you think that the Lord would be saddened as well?
Let us learn to be doers of the word in all areas of our lives. Our speech, our manner of treating others, and our actions towards strangers. If we struggle, we have a helper with us that will teach us and guide us every step of the way.
Yvette Nietzen lives in the foothills of the Zurqui mountain in Costa Rica with her husband of 30 plus years. View her blog at: www.freshwind-ministries.org