If someone accused you of being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you? I saw that as a meme on Facebook. It also brought an analogy to mind. One about the evidence in a Christian’s life that doesn’t involve keeping a set of rules.
I’ve said it before, it’s not about checking boxes for every good deed, upbringing, or church attendance. It’s about a relationship. Follow along with me as I go through this:
- If you took off your wedding ring, could anyone tell if you were in a relationship?
- Could they tell who you were in a relationship with?
- How could they tell?
How often do you talk about your significant other? Are you faithful and loyal to them? How much time do you spend with them? Is there evidence of their presence around you?
Remove a cross necklace from someone, how do you tell if they’re a follower of Jesus?
Love. It’s evident in the love you have for Him. Like your spouse, you naturally bring them up. You don’t do anything to betray them because you love them and don’t want to hurt them. It’s not from fear of consequences, but sadness at the pain caused.
It’s in the time you spend with Him. Making time, grabbing every free moment in a busy day to reach out in prayer, quietly dwelling on the thought of Him, or reading the Bible. Like during a stressful day at work you fire off a text or call your loved one.
That’s a way to tell. They’ve given their life over to Jesus, just like a married couple gives their lives to each other. Is there enough evidence to convict you?