I love quotes, those pithy statements that seem to hit you right when you need to hear them. Or the ones that stick in your mind, long after you have heard them. The senior pastor at our church has been there a long time and having heard some of his quotes, many times now–they still don’t lose their impact with me.
One I particularly like is: “You may be the only Bible people get to read.”
Sometimes I think we forget that when people know we are Christians, the way we live our lives is on display–especially to all those who seek to find flaws in our beliefs, or just show us up to be far from perfect. In fact we are just human, as they are. They have their own ideas of what a “Christian” is, or should be and how we should react, speak, or even act in particular situations.
For those people, we truly may be the only Bible they get to read, or the only Christian they get to watch. What a responsibility God has trusted us with!
As well as being a Christian, having a chronic illness, adds another layer to this. We know that people are watching to see how we will react when yet another setback hits us, or we lose the ability to do something else. They are watching to see if we will get angry with God, if we might take it out on others unfairly, or just let our faith fall away.
For many of us, life is a struggle a lot of the time. Is it fair that we also have to be scrutinised and be a good example to those who are watching us?
For whatever reason, God has placed us in the situations we are in. This verse says, our faces are in the process of being transformed into His likeness. As we let that happen, we have a wonderful opportunity to be Christ to others–to those who may be watching.
Prayer: Father, help me to reflect You to those people around me, especially those watching to see how I will respond to the difficulties of illness. Amen.
About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful for the difference God makes in her life, and the lessons He teaches her, as she lives with chronic back pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, and photography, and to travel when she is able. You can contact her in the Sunroom.
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When have you been aware that others are watching how you react to another setback in your health?