Don’t Show Your Thong Anymore
So we tell others about Christ, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all the wisdom God has given us. We want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ.
We’re not saved by what we do; that’s obvious. God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God (Ephesians 2:8). However, how will anyone know we belong to Christ if there is not obvious change in who we are and what we do?
Romans 10:14-15 not only applies to telling people about Jesus but also about the discipleship that follows...
But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!
So we tell others about Christ, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all the wisdom God has given us. We want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ... There are things that are unbecoming for a Believer to say, do, and wear, and unbecoming places for them to go because we represent Jesus. We don’t shun people who do certain things; we reach out to them and share Jesus with them, but we don’t share in the behavior anymore.
For example, several years back a new family began attending our church. They were coming out of druggie lifestyles, and they were so excited to follow Jesus. The wife, however, needed to gently be taken aside after a few weeks when we noticed she kept accidentally exposing her undergarments during the greeting time because of her very short skirts. Now, wearing shorts (super short) skirts doesn’t mean a person is evil at all, but if you have a new heart and a new life because of Jesus then THAT is what you want people to see in you not your fancy, sexy, lacy thong. We want people to see Jesus in us so they can have HIM too! Furthermore, we want to keep learning more and more about him, and encourage other Believers to do the same, so our relationship with him keeps growing and grows into perfection.
Thank you for the Good News that saves me and for the continuous journey that furthers my relationship with you. Thank you for loving me just like I am, and for showing me places in my life where I can be more like your Son, Jesus, in whose name I pray, amen.