Devotional: ‘I Thought They Were Supposed to be a Christian’


“I thought that they were supposed to be a Christian.” Have you ever heard that said about someone who professed to be a believer? Though we know that even though we’re a follower of Jesus Christ, we’re still human, and we must always keep in mind that the world expects us to be different. Non-believers expect us to act in a way that is similar to what they have heard about Christ.

Yesterday we considered the importance of our conduct as Christian employees. Paul instructed slaves to serve their earthly masters with godly fear. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”  (Colossians 3:23-24)

Whether we’re an employee, employer, or just someone going through the check-out line, as professing believers we all bear the responsibility to conduct ourselves in such a way that brings honor and glory to our Savior, and that attracts non-believers to our Christian faith. Consider just some of the admonitions found in scripture:

“…I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.”(Ephesians 4:1)

“Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.”  (Philippians 1:27)

“…so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.” (Titus 2:10)

Someone once told me about a customer that came into their place of business and threw a fit. The worst thing about the incident was, this same person also professed to be a believer. After the person left, several of the non-believing employees sarcastically said, “I thought that person was supposed to be a Christian!” What could my friend say in reply to their comments? They were right. The actions of this fellow believer had detracted from the faith, rather than attracting men to Christ.

Though the world may know little about the Bible, they know enough about Jesus to have a high standard concerning how a Christian should live and act. Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

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