Thursday, October 22, 2009

Evidence of effect.

I'm a people watcher. One of my favorite things about traveling, other than sitting on an airplane for two hours reading a book without interruption, is the vast array of subjects I get to observe in the airport.

As we were sitting at our gate yesterday, waiting for our plane that would take us to the CCDA Conference in Cincinnati, I made an admission to the other Mercy Street staff that are traveling with us...

You know those MBT shoes, the ones that are supposed to tone your legs and rear while you wear them? Well, whenever I see someone wearing them, I automatically look from their shoes to their butt to see if the shoes are working. I can't help it. It's one reason why I wouldn't get any-people might have the same automatic response I do and honestly, I have more to worry about in my day than whether or not people are looking at my backyard for evidence of a shoe's effectiveness all day long.

Plus, they're like $200, and they don't sell them at Target but that's not important right now.

Trey was REAL proud I shared this with everyone.

Anyway, this morning, Dr. John Perkins was speaking to us about the call of the gospel in our lives and I couldn't help but think about the shoes. I'm fairly sure this is the first time the gospel has been compared to shoes that tone your butt but, stay with me. There is evidence of it's effectiveness in the way we live. And people look. They can't help themselves. It's automatic.

1 John says that, if we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus cleanses us from sin.

The primary evidence of this Truth to the world is our relationships with EACH OTHER and we're kidding ourselves if we think people are going to embrace Christianity if they
don't see it radically changing the lives of Christians in the way we relate to one another - the way we live, the way we worship, and who we're living and worshiping with.

Without evidence, no one's buying. I'm so convicted because, although I can choose to not wear the shoes, to not buy them because people might look for evidence, I can't choose whether or not to wear Jesus. I lost that option when He, in His infinite mercy, executed a rescue mission in my life.

The battle I have, we all have, then is not attempting to earn what has been given or working it out on our own. The battle is instead denying everything the world tells us is justifiable and being authentic ambassadors of His gospel with EACH OTHER so that, when people see me - see us - they see the effectiveness of the rescue and the infinite, radical, irrevocable hope it brings.
Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T


Candy said...

Amen, sister!
Evidence demands a verdict! Love Chris Tomlin's foreward in Crazy Love where he says that "people were first called Christians" in Acts 11:26 BECAUSE of their lives!

Oh that it may be said of us.


P.S. So far, so good in the babysitting department!!!!

Becca said...

Um I LOVE this reminder of truth - even if it comes from shoes. I've never noticed anyone wearing those before, btw, but i think that says more about my powers of observation than anything else . . .

Jess said...

Great analogy. Thanks!

Jess said...

Now I have to google those shoes and see what you are talking about so I can tell if they work next time I see someone with them on.

Punky said...

Mmm. OK, I own a pair of MBTs. Can't say it's done a whole lot for my backyard; probably because one would actually need to wear them. Operative word being "wear". They're in my closet... with a fine layer of dust on them.

Thanks for the excellent reminder. I pray I'm wearing my Jesus well. I pray people are looking at Him in me. And not my butt. Oh, please Lord, be conspicuous in me!

xo - P

Anonymous said...

What a great post. I heard it asked this week When people walk away from you do they remember you or Jesus! Let's hope we all radiate him a little MBT's or Target brand we all have the same call "To Bring Him Glory" our jobs and details may be different but our call is the same!


Amy said...

Good stuff! Thanks for sharing!

The Hull's at #4 said...

Wow Melissa this is one GREAT post!! Truth has such a great ring and the ringing is going on right now!! (I'm also really glad I've never bought any of those shoes though I've been tempted...)

Kim said...

Another powerful post Melissa. Thanks for this reminder.
May they know we are Christians by our love!
Love & Blessings from Hong Kong,

These Three Kings said...

you betta preach it girl!! Amen!!!!

Anonymous said...

You are a seriously smart and talented writer. So true and such a needed reminder.
Shannon (Gini's friend)

Karin Katherine said...

Its truth like this with a bit of humor and reality that keeps me coming back...even if it means the kids wait longer for their food.

Oh well.
; 0 )