Who Do People Say That You Are?

Dr. Charles S. Mims By Dr. Charles S. Mims, 14th Jun 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1vd6sac_/
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Have you ever judged a person without really knowing anything about them? Have you ever heard a rumor about a person, or a company and took it for face value without investigating it yourself? It is not a good thing to do, but we still do it all the time.

Who Are You?

Also, people outside the church must speak well of him so that he will not be disgraced and fall into the devil's trap. (I Timothy 3:7, NLT)

Two cars are waiting at a stoplight. The light turns green, but the man in front doesn’t notice it. A woman in the car behind him is watching traffic pass around them. She begins pounding on her steering wheel and yelling at the man to move. The man doesn’t move. The woman is going ballistic inside her car, ranting and raving at the man, pounding on her steering wheel and dash.

The light turns yellow. The woman begins to blow the car horn, flips him off, and screams curses at the man. The man, hearing the commotion, looks up, sees the yellow light and accelerates through the intersection just as the light turns red. The woman is beside herself, screaming in frustration as she misses her chance to get through the intersection. As she is still in mid-rant she hears a tap on her window and looks up into the barrel of a gun held by a very serious looking policeman.

The policeman tells her to shut off her car while keeping both hands in sight. She complies, speechless at what is happening. After she shuts off the engine, the policeman orders her to exit her car with her hands up. She gets out of the car and he orders her to turn and place her hands on her car. She turns, places her hands on the car roof and quickly is cuffed and hustled into the patrol car. She is too bewildered by the chain of events to ask any questions and is driven to the police station where she is fingerprinted, photographed, searched, booked and placed in a cell.

After a couple of hours, a policeman approaches the cell and opens the door for her. She is escorted back to the booking desk where the original officer is waiting with her personal effects. He hands her the bag containing her things, and says, “I’m really sorry for this mistake, but you see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping that guy off, and cussing a blue streak at the car in front of you. Then I noticed the “What Would Jesus Do” and “Follow Me to Sunday School” bumper stickers, and the chrome plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk, so naturally I assumed you had stolen the car.”

Have you ever judged a person without really knowing anything about them? Have you ever heard a rumor about a person, or a company and took it for face value without investigating it yourself? It is not a good thing to do, but we still do it all the time.
It is human nature to judge a book by its cover, even if it is wrong. Knowing that tendency among our fellow humans, then it just makes sense for us to make sure that our cover is illustrated well. People do judge us, and while judging us they judge Christianity, by what they see us do.
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n business, at home, at church, or even wherever we think we are all alone without the possibility of anyone seeing us, we are all on display. When the world looks at us what do they see?

It is our responsibility to make sure that the world sees Christ. Who do people say that you are?

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Faith, Reputation, Righteousness

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author avatar Dr. Charles S. Mims
Charles Mims has been the pastor at South Peninsula Baptist Church in the heart of Daytona Beach for fifteen years.

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