What Are You Known For?

1 Corinthians 4.1 observes, people should think about us this way – as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.

Christianity is maligned most of the time unfairly. Haters are just gonna hate. Of all the good in the world most is done by Christians.

When tragedy strikes in the world it is the Christian Church globally that steps in through gifts and talents of supplies and workers to help those struck by nature’s worst. You never read of the Muslim mission society, or the Buddhist mission society or the Hindu mission society helping people in need.

Orphanages, schools and hospitals, all founded originally by Christians are still largely maintained by Christians globally. Not true of the other world’s religions, but I digress..

However Christians can be mean, vengeful, selfish. They have been caught stealing, committing adultery, lying, murdering and doing all kinds of evil. This dichotomy shouldn’t be that surprising.

Jesus, the Christ, was God and man. He is and always was perfect and good in every way. He never disobeyed the Father nor did any evil of any kind in any way whether thought, word or deed. Yet, His human story ends with one of His disciples, one of His chosen companions, betraying Him by selling Him out for 30 pieces of silver. The ‘christian’ Judas turned on the Christ causing His death. This is how Christianity begins.

God has made His will permanently known through the record of His ways found in the Bible. This book can be read cover to cover and always found to command His people to be lovers of humanity, servants of their needs while both modeling and speaking of His ways so that all the world will want to join them as children of the One True God.

As the norm, for the most part, the majority of world Christians are to be characterized by serving people and sharing with them the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus told His people that those who serve the needs of their fellow man are doing so to Him. This is how Christians, commanded to be servants of Christ, demonstrate that service by serving the needs of humanity. Service is the means by which Christians manifest the love of God and His care for people.

Serving is not the only work Christians are to be known for. Christians are also to be sharers of the Good News that God has entered the world to save the world in order to restore the world to Himself through the life, death and resurrection of Himself in the man Jesus.

The mystery of God is that He has come to earth and lived among us as one of us in order to restore us to a right relationship with God the Father. Christians must share this information because it is not by doing good or being good that men are made right by God but by Jesus, having His goodness appropriated to us who are incapable of living perfect lives as He lived a perfect life.

Serving people and telling them about Jesus is how Christians are supposed to be known in the world.

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