Evidence Of Christ –

“If you were accused of being a Christian and taken to court, would there be enough evidence to convict you?” -Unknown

Can somebody look at your life and see Christ or are you more of a “closet Christian?” While it’s true that – as Christians – our actions are for His eyes alone, the gospel is something that changes our lives in such a radical way that it is apparent to the world around us. In short: if you truly understand the gospel, people are going to be able to see it in your life.

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” –Matthew 5:14-16

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-Rachel Allison

8 comments

  1. Calum Miller says:

    Stuff like this is always really challenging. It reminds me of when John the Baptist’s messengers came to ask Jesus if he was the Messiah and his response was, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them.”

    I’d love it if Christ was so evident in my life that when people asked if I was a Christian, I could reply with the same thing!

    • Thank you for reading and commenting, Calum. 🙂 In regard to your comment: these things were said of Christ and were a fulfillment of a prophecy regarding Him (See Isaiah 35:5-6). This is not a definition of us as Christians.
      Hebrews 11 gives us a good idea of what faith will look like in our lives. With examples of Abel, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and so on, it is a good reminder that faith results in action in our lives. Noah built an ark, trusting that God would fulfill His promise – even when people around him didn’t understand and mocked him. That was a sign of his faith. Abraham left his own country and traveled without knowing exactly where He was going, but trusting God to guide Him and bring Him to the place that He was to be. That was a sign of his faith. And each of these, when they trusted God, obtained a good testimony to others (Hebrews 11:2). God was evident in their life because they obeyed Him, even when His instructions weren’t easy to follow.
      So the evidence in our lives should be apparent, not from miracles, but from radical obedience met with the blessing of God.

      • Calum Miller says:

        Yeah, I agree – should probably have clarified that I thought it’d be great if we could reply with the same *first part* – i.e. “tell me what you see, can you tell from the way I live?” Kind of in a John 13:35 way – “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another”.

        That said, I do think there’s room for us to use signs and wonders in a similar way to announce the Kingdom of God and Jesus’ Messiahship as in Acts 12, and as John 14:12 plausibly implies. But that doesn’t, of course, deny that the passage about John the Baptist’s messengers was intending to be a specific Messianic proclamation about Jesus’ Messiahship. 🙂

        • I’m glad to know that’s what you meant. 🙂 And you’re very right; they will know we are Christians by the way that we love one another. Thanks again for reading, Calum! 🙂

  2. I certainly hope so, RachelAllison. Some days I look at my life and think how far I fall from this mark. Yet, I will press on and ask for an increase of faith, and that that faith would be evident in my works.

    • Well, just as you posted about recently, God loves us regardless of our success in serving Him. He has chosen to love us and nothing can separate us from that love. And as I talked about in my previous post, obedience (what people will see as evidence of Christ in our lives) flows from a loving heart. If we love God, we will strive to obey Him – that doesn’t mean we’ll always do it perfectly, but His grace is sufficient. We could all use to be more Christ-like, but that’s why here on this earth we are a work in progress. Keep pressing forward! 🙂

  3. Ania says:

    I hope I would show evidence of Christ in everything I do, I want to do that. And also to be a lamp to my friends and people… I can rest in the assurance that Jesus is not giving up on me 🙂

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