1 John 3:1

@BunGirl (2639)
United States
May 31, 2007 10:39am CST
"Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God; and such we are. For this cause the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not." (ASV) Many Christians are timid about sharing their faith, or even letting the world know that they are Christians. They afraid of what a secular world will think, say or do. They don't want to offend non-believers by proclaiming that God exists and He loves them. While it is true that many people may make fun of us, or even get angry with us because of our faith, that is no excuse for becoming a closet Christian. The world does not understand Christianity. They won't until the day of Christ's return when "every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear." (Isaiah 45:23) They can't understand Christians until they begin to understand Christ. So yes, if you tell your coworkers about God, you may hear giggles in the lunch room or be stared at by some of them, but is that so high a price to pay? Christ made it very clear that He wants us to talk about Him and about our faith. "Every one therefore who shall confess me before men, him will I also confess before my Father who is in heaven." (Matthew 10:32) He wants us to let the world know that we belong to Him, and this is not because He was not able to foresee the reactions we might get. Rather, He had this advice for those who face persecution in His name: "Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets that were before you." (Matthew 5:12) And the ridicule or judgement of our peers is a far lighter sentence than the persecution He spoke of. In the end, when we choose to hide our faith, we are telling God we are ashamed of Him. We are not willing to be associated with Christ, who bled and died and defeated even death for our sake. Instead, we should be shouting from the rooftops that Christ is Lord and we are His!
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@charms88 (7543)
• Philippines
1 Jun 07
Hello bungirl. I'm fortunate to meet a fellow mylotter who is not a believer of God. I'm saying this because he respect my religion and really listen to what I'm sharing with him about God. Not one word of criticism from him. I don't think that we should be afraid of declaring to other people about being a Christian. Although we both have to admit that there are some "Christians" who are not really a true Christian at all. There is also nothing to be ashamed of shouting the name of God. The louder the better. Sometimes, we need to yell His name so we can continue to feel His presence in our heart. By yelling even without using our voice but our mind and heart. Do you agree?
@BunGirl (2639)
• United States
1 Jun 07
I do agree. I never feel closer to God than when I am sharing His love with others. I think He really honors our efforts in this area!
@peavey (16587)
• United States
1 Jun 07
I am still shy in "real life," but when God is on my mind, I tend to say whatever I need to. The Holy Spirit gives us courage, if we would but lean on Him.
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@kbkbooks (7030)
• Canada
1 Jun 07
I love the chorus and round, "Behold what manner". Now you have it running through my head... hehe.
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@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
1 Jun 07
Thank you for sharing this. YOu always share the nicest things and things that are common to everyday life. I think all of us at one time in our Christian life feel this way. I know I sometimes still do feel this way. Thanks again for sharing this.
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@gberlin (3836)
31 May 07
I agree with you. When I was younger I was shy but I was also afraid to let people know that I was a Christian. I overcame that thanks to God and now I freely talk about God and who He is and what He has done for me in my life.