Social Distancing From Jesus

“Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.” – Psalm 105:4

Do people know that you’re a Christian without having to say it? Is your walk with Jesus obvious? People we meet for the first time might get to know what we do for a living, our favorite sports team, or maybe how many kids we have all within the first few minutes of meeting us. But do they know that you have been redeemed by the blood?

In your simple eating, working, walking around, every day life, it should be obvious that there is something different about you. You are a somebody living for Christ, not for the riches of this world. That’s where the word Christian started, it came from the Romans and Jews calling people “those Christ-ones.”

The Bible says to be ready with a reason for the hope that is within you. How is somebody going to know you have faith inside of you unless you live that faith out loud?

Your walk with Jesus should stand out. I’m not talking about some crazy holier-than-thou smacking people over the head with the Bible kind of standing out. I’m talking about walking upright. Holding your head higher, smiling more, not shaken by the events and the circumstances around you. That’s because you have your eyes firmly fixed on Jesus Christ rather than those worldly circumstances.

If you are a Christian, you should be the best worker, the most reliable spouse or parent, or the most trustworthy child. You should be the rock that people look to for the answers when the ground gets shaky. That’s because you have built your life upon the true rock that is Jesus Christ. Jesus said that upon this rock I will build my church. He was referring to himself as the rock of ages, but as a Christian, you are the church. The church is not so much a physical building as it is truly the temple of the Holy Spirit. When you gave your life to Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit came and set up residence in your heart. That Spirit lives in you and through you, changing you daily to be more like Jesus. Anywhere you walk is holy ground. The only way to build a foundation upon the rock that is Christ is to spend time with Him. Spend time in meditation on His words, making sure to plant that seed deep within you so it takes root. That seed of faith should grow and be noticeable to everyone you meet.

Unfortunately, there are many of us that will demonstrate many things before we demonstrate that we are Christians. If somebody is arguing for something that goes against the Bible and good Christian values, do you say something or keep silent as not to offend anyone? If somebody in your group is cussing up a storm, telling dirty jokes, and constantly taking the Lord’s name in vain, do you let them know what they are doing is harmful and inappropriate? Hopefully you don’t engage in those actions as well, but don’t just turn a blind eye to them either. Granted, it is so much easier to turn around and walk away, but is that the right thing to do? as Christians, we are to love our neighbors as ourselves. If you see a friend heading straight for a cliff, you would hopefully stop them before they fell off the edge. Don’t just walk away. This is more than just saving a life, it’s saving their eternal soul.

We may think that everybody has heard of Jesus, but that is not the case at all. There are people that we interact with daily that don’t know the gospel. You may be the only Christian that a person meets all day long and I promise they will remember you. They will remember your good deeds and your bad deeds, all of them, and they will think about those things next time they hear the word Christian. So if you as a Christian are not any different in a positive way because of staying close to Christ, there would be no reason for anybody who sees you to want to become a Christian like you. There would be no difference between Jesus and the secular world at all. Why should they change the course of their lives?

It’s good to practice social distancing during these times of Coronavirus sickness in the world, but realize that there is an even worse type of sickness in this world going on. That sickness is sin. The one and only cure is Jesus Christ and His blood upon the cross. Don’t distance yourself from Him at a time where this world needs Him the most.

God’s blessings to you.