When you’re a Celebrity…

One thing that has been on my mind over the past few weeks is the mentality of a Christian Celebrity.  What I mean by this is someone who is only known in the Christian community…someone who is trying to make a name in the world by using the guise of being a Christian.

Truth is, there are a number of folks who seem to be overwhelmed with the idea that they have to be popular to make a name for their Savior, when the reality of it is, their Savior is the one who makes a name for them.  We look at the world and see the impact that Celebrities tend to have on the younger generations, and in the Christian realm there are so many who will use Jesus Christ as their means to get a name out.

We don’t have to be famous to make sure that people see Christ in us…in fact, being a Christian means that people see Christ in you and that your name is not important at all.  We as Christians should put on the face of Christ in all that we do…from what we say to others to how we act and carry ourselves, people are watching to see what we are.

I’m not saying that Christian music artists are all bad, and I’m not saying that they are all wrong in the way they handle things, but I am of the mind when we claim to be a Christian that we must be different…we must set ourselves apart from those around us and be a different person than what the world sees on a daily basis.

We don’t need for everyone to know who we are for us to be used to change lives for the Kingdom, in fact if others can see us at all, then we are not being what we are called to be.  We should be a reflection of Christ to the world, and in so doing we should make sure that we give every opportunity to share His name and His glory with everyone.

Who are you making a name for today?

Commitment

Over the past few months I have committed myself to getting back in shape.  It has not been easy, but I have found that my Christian values have been helpful in the process, and it has really gotten me thinking about the walk we are to have as Christians.

To lose weight you must make a commitment to yourself to follow through on any diet or exercise plan that you set your mind to.  You cannot just simply hope to lose the weight for it to come off; you have to dedicate yourself to it.  It is the same with our walk with Christ, you cannot simply hope that everything will work itself out; you must dedicate yourself to His teachings and allow him to work in you to see change happen.

Another thing that I found with it is that not only do you need your commitment to be successful, but also it is better to have someone there to help push you along.  This is also something that is vital to our Christian walk.  Nothing is easy when tackled alone, but when you have others beside you working for the same cause, things will start to become manageable and you will find that the struggles you are facing are the same struggles that others face.

For this reason I feel that one of the best things I have realized in all of this is a commitment to God is a must for our Christian walk.  This commitment that we must undertake is one of dedication to God’s word and work in our own lives and in the lives of others around us.  If we begin to seek others who can come along side us with the same goals, we will find that our churches will grow; our lives will become reflections of Jesus to a world that has all but forgotten what He did for them.

Hebrews tells us not to forsake the gathering together as a body as is the custom of some.  This custom has become more and more the norm in today’s society and I feel that we must change that.  Too many today adopt the mentality that their relationship with God is one that is a personal relationship and does not need to be shared.  I am here to tell you today that while it is a personal relationship, we are also called to share it so that others can see the change that God can make in a life.

Find a church home, find others who are struggling with the same issues you are, and work together to glorify God in all.  God wants to work through you to help others, and wants to work through others to help you.  Do not forget today that we are called the Family of God because we are to act as a family, treat each other as relatives, and love as He loved us.  Today, find your place in that Family and evaluate your commitment to His kingdom.

Live Every Moment

YOLO – You Only Live Once

This is a statement that more and more young people have adapted their lives around and is really getting under my skin lately.  It seems that they do not understand that you do only live once, but the final chapter is either Heaven or Hell.

This statement has become a reason to live as they want, not thinking of the consequences of their actions.  They are now living as if they have forever, but seemingly not caring if they meet an untimely end today, putting it in a one word anagram of “YOLO”.

We all want to live a long life, but we are not guaranteed tomorrow.  The truth about this statement comes when we think about our tombstone.  I don’t mean to sound morbid, but think about it with me for a moment.  On your tombstone there will be a couple of different things.  First will be your name, and under your name will be two dates, the day you were born and the date that you passed away.  The most important thing that may be on that stone is not your name or the dates; it’s not even the inscription that is included.

The most important inclusion on the tombstone could be the dash between the dates.  It is vitally important that we live the years of our life with a purpose.  We cannot view life as a You Only Live Once moment in the sense of living how we wish and filling our years with as much material fulfillment as we possibly can; instead we need to spend those years living for Christ, winning folks to His kingdom, and striving to serve Him with our lives.

When all is said and done, this comes down to a faith in Christ, a strong relationship with our families, and pouring our lives into others.  Will your dash be filled with a life that exemplified the love that God has shown you? Or, will your dash be filled with empty fulfillment? Will it be filled with a faith that was unshakeable? Or, will it be a material life that was filled with things that did not help to build the kingdom?

Today, we can choose to fill our lives with Christ.  Today, we can adopt a motto of Philippians 1:21 by saying, “For me to live is Christ, and to die is Gain.”  We can live a life that is heaven minded knowing that we will get there to spend eternity with Christ in His kingdom.

How will you fill your dash?  Choose today to serve Christ and work for heavenly fulfillment today.  You only live forever, will it be heaven or hell when you stand before the judgement?