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.
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