I once heard two quotes from Mahatma Gandhi that truly got me thinking about Christians and the way that we live our lives and exemplify Christ to those around us.
The first quote that really got me thinking is the quote, “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians; they are so unlike your Christ.” Is this what we really show the world?
Too many times I feel that we are much like this statement, we don’t show the world the example of Christ that we should. The trouble with many so-called “Christians” today is that they are wrapped up in their own lives to see the impact they are having on those around them. Many times we find ourselves struggling to show the world the Christ that died for us.
As Christians we are called to live our lives in the same way as Christ, living in His example in everything that we do. The trouble with the statement that Gandhi made is the truth behind it. Gandhi may have gotten it right, but he may have changed his mind if he had known a true Christian.
If Gandhi could see it, why can’t we? Why do we have so much trouble being like Christ? We need to be like Christ to those around us if we want to lead them to Christ; which brings me to the second quote, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
For us to be the change that we want to see means that if we could exemplify the first statement, we can be the second. If we can exemplify Christ to the world, then we are the change that we as Christians would like to see. As Christians the change that we should want to see and want to be should be to show everyone who Christ is. Think about the examples that He set forth in His life, the times that he stepped in and did what He wanted to see others do.
Christ led by example, and Gandhi’s biggest problem with Christians are that they are not like their Christ…and the problem with many non-Christians today is the same. If we want to see others come to Christ we need to get out and show them Christ, we have to be what they need us to be.
I have spent the past few weeks thinking hard about these two statements, and I want to challenge you to do the same. The truth of it all is that whether Gandhi meant it to change the world for Christ, the statements that he made can be used to help us understand what we need to do as followers of Christ.
I challenge you today to be the change you want to see by being the Christ that Gandhi never saw in other Christians. Being Christ will change the world, because He is the best example that any of us could follow.