What Do People See?

J. Fields
This may seem a bit strange but I just finished watching “The Chosen” series. My life over the past couple of years has been a bit crazy so having enough downtime to stop and watch a whole series is tough. After our church rented the theatre a few months back to watch a bit of season 3 I figured I better find out what I’ve been missing, oh my I’ve been missing a lot. I’ve been in church for years, I’m about done with seminary, and I’ve studied the Word of God in detail but still, I was captured and left in awe of the goodness of the God we serve. I know the Chosen is only a series that takes us through the life of Christ but I was blown away at
how real it seemed. The thing that struck me the most was literally how much Jesus loves us, even when we least deserve it.
There are days that I look at myself in the mirror and I feel ashamed for all the wrongs I’ve done. Just because I’m a pastor, I won’t pretend that I haven’t made a lot of messes but I know that my God washes my dirt away as white as snow. As a Christian, it’s easy to see someone that you may have known in the past and remember all the “crud” from their life. Have you ever seen someone come into the church and you’ve questioned their real motives? I guess that’s one of the big takeaways after watching this series, rather it is Matthew the tax collector,
or the adulterous women at the well, Jesus Christ looks past our faults and is willing to forgive us if we will just say “yes to Him”.
Let me ask you, as we get closer to one of the biggest foundations of the Bible, Easter, are you wanting to live a life that mirrors Jesus? I’m not asking you out of any disrespect but I’m asking because if you are it means that you are willing to forgive everyone who has hurt you. If you want to live out the life of Jesus it means taking your “blinders” off and looking at someone’s potential or the beauty that someone has locked inside. Are you willing to stop judging someone especially when you don’t even know them or have never given yourself a chance to know them?
I am blown away as I study Scripture at how much love Jesus Christ has for us. Everything that He does is because He wants to have a relationship with us. Can you imagine that even though He knew he was going to be crucified, He never stopped doing the will of His Father? The life He lived was for you and me if He loves us so much that He was willing to be crucified don’t you believe that we should be going that extra mile in everything we do to be Christ-like? I’m not saying we should be crucified but what I’m saying is we should live a life, and I know many of you do, that resembles the God that we worship. When people see you do they see Jesus or do they see the world?
This Easter season, take some time and remember who created us and why we were created. Remember our true calling in life, be the Hands and Feet of Jesus. 1 John 2:6 “Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.” 1 Corinthians 11:1 ”Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.”
Love you all,

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