There is a cute little house on the corner of our street that has an amazing sign in the front yard. When I walk by I can’t help but “feel the love.”
The words that call out to me by my humble neighbors are “Pray for America…if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
Being that we live in a mostly liberal college town…it takes a very strong believer to be willing to publicly profess what they stand for.
A few weeks ago, I introduced myself to the owner of the home, and shared with him how thankful we are that he has the sign posted. He said that there aren’t too many that share our faith in this community, and he appreciated my stopping by. I let Him know that there are probably more of us around than we realize …however, most practice their faith in a quieter fashion.
So… today is a gorgeous, sunny California day, so hubby and I took a walk to the library. As we passed the “Pray for America” sign, the next driveway was a busy yard sale. We started talking with the woman who was the “seller” and I assumed she was the woman of the house with the sign. I introduced myself, and I asked, “Are you the one that posted the “Pray for America” sign? She kind of stared at me in a blank way, and then blurted out, “No, those are “The Jesus People.” She looked toward her neighbor’s house and kind of rolled her eyes a second before I jubilantly answered back, “Well, that’s awesome, because we are Jesus People too!”
At that point, she changed the subject.
My husband and I got a chuckle out of the encounter, and although she may not have the same belief/faith system we have, she was a nice woman and we enjoyed visiting with her. But it got me thinking…
Do the people in our daily life look at us as “Jesus People?” Do they know by the words that come out of our mouths, the way we carry ourselves, the entertainment we partake in? Do they see Jesus in us through our love, kindness, charity, and mercy? Do they see something different in us..different from what they are accustomed to according to world standards? Do they see us standing firm as Christians? Not afraid to profess our Faith in Jesus and our love for Him?
Or are we Christians in words only, and continue to live as the world does?
I pray that in my life, Jesus works through me as a vessel, and I am identified as one of “The Jesus People.” For that would be a blessing and the most wonderful compliment I could ever receive:-)