Got Jesus?

Got Jesus?

Recently I “inherited” a shirt with the words “Got Jesus?” across the front of it. The white lettering stands out clearly against the pure black background. As I slipped the shirt on for the first time and started for town, a sobering though struck me. Everyone I came across would read the words and immediately know I was a follower of Christ. That was a good thing. Or was it?

A myriad of emotions stirred within me as I debated about wearing the shirt–pride, fear, hesitancy, courage.  I’m proud of my faith, I thought,  proud to be a follower of Christ. But in this day and age one could get shot just for offending another person. With these words stamped on my chest, everyone will be watching to see if I act like a follower of Jesus. What if I mess up? Get irritated at a slow check-out clerk or forget to wear a smile? Will I be a good witness? Or will I fail?

My mind pondered the mixed bag of thoughts pummeling my brain until, at last, I heard the Holy Spirit’s gentle prompting. But Cynthia, it doesn’t matter if you have the name Jesus stamped on your shirt or not, you already have His name written on your heart.

Bam! Isn’t it amazing how the Lord can cut to the quick and humble our hearts with His simple truths? True, not everyone we encounter will know we are Christians the first second we meet them on the street or in a store, or even at our workplace. But they can see our smiles, sense our compassion, read our character and catch a glimpse of what it means to be a Christ-follower.

I wore my new shirt that day with pride, and a deep sense of satisfaction, knowing God didn’t want me to act like a Christian because the name Jesus was boldly printed on my shirt. Instead, He wanted me to live out my Christian nature with those I encountered each and every day.

As Christians, we shouldn’t need a shirt to proclaim our faith or make us feel we have to be a perfect Christian. God knows we aren’t perfect, that we’re going to mess up at times, lose our tempers, and say hurtful things. But when we have Jesus in our hearts, we take on His nature, His character, and strive to be a witness for Him in our everyday encounters and relationships. The more we grow to love Him, the more He will shine through our lives.

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Cynthia Roemer About Cynthia Roemer

Cynthia Roemer is a Christian writer from rural Illinois with a heart for scattering seeds of hope into the lives of others through her writing. She and her husband, Marvin, have been married for twenty-four years and have two college-age sons. Find out more about her and her writing on her website: http://cynthiaroemer.com/

Comments

  1. Laurie Driesen says:

    What a nice mssage Cynthia; thanks for sharing your emotions and revelation. I love how you said we should live out our Christian nature – what a beautiful way to say that!

  2. Cynthia, I love simple stories that drive home deep truth. Thank you!

  3. I love this subtle but powerful difference between acting out and living out. Thanks for these great thoughts.

  4. ann doohan says:

    True Cynthia, its how we act that makes us stand out, blessings.

  5. Loved this post, Cynthia. What you say is so true. When I worked in the 9-5 world (actually my hours were 7-4) I came in contact with a rough crew of customers who were construction worked with a vocabulary filled with four-letter words, if you know what I mean. Even some of the people I worked with. I rarely spoke about my faith, but I must have ‘shown’ my faith, because when some of these men revealed their ‘uncouthness’ (I just made that word up) and realized I was nearby, they always apologized. I tried to live my life so that others could see Christ in me. I must have succeeded.

  6. A wonderful message. I pray that I live His message everyday, showing His love to others.

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