Is your life proclaiming Christ, or profaning Christ.
Think about that a moment. We are the only Jesus most people see. Like it or not, the behavior we display to the world is what gives people of the world their impression of God.
Are we ambassadors for Christ, or are we bringing shame upon the Gospel with our words & deeds?
To proclaim is to announce, declare, profess:
announce officially or publicly.
“the joint manifesto proclaimed that imperialism would be the coalition’s chief objective”
declare something one considers important with due emphasis.
“she proclaimed that what I had said was untrue”
declare officially or publicly to be.
“he proclaimed James II as King of England”
To profane something is to treat it with disrespect; to treat something holy as common:
1. treat (something sacred) with irreverence or disrespect.
“it was a serious matter to profane a tomb”
synonyms: desecrate, violate, defile, treat sacrilegiously “invaders profaned our sacred temples”
Before Jesus went to the cross, He spent time with His disciples. On His last night, Jesus informed them of things that were about to take place, and to let them know that He was going to His Father’s (God) house, to prepare a place for them (and us). Jesus then said, “You know the way to the place where I am going.” ~ John 14: 4
Thomas quickly spoke up and said, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”. Jesus responded, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” To which Jesus replied, “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
When we study the Gospels and the epistles, everything we read in relation to Christ is exactly how God would respond, because Jesus only did what His Father showed Him, and in the same way His Father would do it. Paul went on to write:
“Christ is the exact likeness of the unseen God...” Colossians 1:15 – 17
All of us who declare ourselves as “Christian” should be concerned about our witness for Christ. And the thing is, we can’t do or be a godly representative without the power of the Holy Spirit working through us. Our part is to yield to the Holy Spirit’s work in our life. To be teachable and willing to repent and change course when we find out our way of doing things is not God’s way. To not run from God’s loving conviction and correction, but to humbly say, “You are right Father. The way I acted is not how Jesus would act (or speak, think, believe…etc). Please forgive me.”
The more we go on in this way the more clearly we will reflect the glory of God’s presence in our lives, so that the people around us will say, “I believe there is a God in heaven because I see Him in you.”
Blessings and have a wonderful day!