A few years ago I remembered Dr. David Jeremiah speaking about the “Signs of Life” in a Christian and I truly believe that as Christians we should project those signs, not in a bragging manner as the Scribes and Pharisees, but in a way that the world will know what a Christian looks like by his/her walk, talk, and service.
Some of the material in this post comes from Dr. Jeremiah; a large portion comes from my thoughts and as I prepared this material, I was challenged to walk more Christ-like each day. I trust that you, as a believer, would be willing to improve in your own Christian witness. After all, our personal connection with Jesus Christ should be obvious to the world.
So let’s look at four signs that should be evident in the Christian Life.
You should ask yourself, “how do I become relevant?” Your walk or your behavior sends a message to the world. To live and broadcast the truth causes one to constantly rediscover their relationship with God and I fear that too many in our Christian community may have lost their evangelistic voice. What is needed is get our feet dusty in the streets of our church and surrounding communities as we broadcast the message of our Savior.
Luke 14:23 compels us to be salt and light. “Go out into the highways and hedges and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.” Dusty Shoes i.e. Evangelism – That sure looks like a sign of life to me!
Second sign: “Worn-out Knees”
Worn-out knees is a wonderful sign as everything we do for Christ should begin with prayer. We received the Lord’s direction through prayer, and one of the reasons that we are so worn out from life is that our knees are not worn out.
The starting point for a revival of our nation is prayer and revival begins when each christian prays earnestly for “revival” to begin in his/her life. Then an amazing thing will begin, revival will spread throughout our churches, communities, nation and world. We need to pray with purpose and pray often. Let’s wear out our knees!
Third sign: ”Rolled Up Sleeves”
Matthew 25:40 challenges us as Christians to assume the spirit of humility of service as we minister to people. “Rolled up sleeves” is a great example of when a Christian ask him/herself, “how can I become real?” Read through the Gospels and you will meet an unconventional Savior who came to save us all, and yet He taught, He preached, and He provided etc. Whatever the need, He “Rolled Up His Sleeves” and met the need.
For us the possibilities are endless in the areas of service; whether it is in our church, our community, city, state, Long Island or Uganda, when God calls you, “Roll Up Your Sleeves” and respond. Your responses will indicate to a lost world that, “They will know we are Christians by our Love.” Roll those sleeves up and follow the Master’s example.
Last sign: ”Out Stretched Arms”
This next Christian sign is the last we will cover, “Out Stretched Arms.” One way to think of this is to face the question, “How do I become more compassionate to meet the needs of people?” The first step in coming to someone’s aid is noticing that they have a need and simply reach out to them. It is not easy to open your arms to someone who desperately tries to conceal that they have a need or are in distress.
Compassion sometimes comes with risk. However, to be used by God to be a healer, forgiver, peacemaker, and caregiver you must get close to that person. We must remember that in spite of their quirks and emotional barbed wire, Jesus found a way to use “Out Stretched Arms” to minister to those who were hurting and in need. If you feel that you are in over your head, find resources that can help. If God calls you to open your arms to someone, He and His Word will help you seize the moment by opening up your arms, words, and tears. I want to remind you that in giving a blessing you also receive blessings. You will be graced as you are gracious.
I leave you with this last thought, “Every day that you demonstrate the usage of one or more of these signs, you will create incriminating evidence that you are a Christian!” IT IS JUST A FACT!
Until I go or until He comes, your servant Lou.