Monday, June 10, 2013

What about all the Hypocrites who say they are Christians?  What kind of example are they?
Followers of Jesus have been given a job description, but we would be the first to admit how difficult it is to consistently live up to the expectations. Consider the responsibility:

“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life
is gone; a new life has begun!  And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to
himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For
God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins
against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s
ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead,
“Come back to God!”  For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our
sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.”
            2Corinthians 5:17-21 New Living Translation

 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with
compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Bear with each other and
forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord
forgave you.  And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in
perfect unity.  Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body
you were called to peace. And be thankful.  Let the message of Christ dwell among you
richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns,
and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.  And whatever you
do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God
the Father through him.”        Colossians 3:12-17 New Living Translation
Not a single follower of Jesus has fully lived up to the job assignment they have been given.  From the Apostle Peter who denied Jesus three times (see Matthew 26:69-75), the Apostle Paul who shared his frustration with doing what he should not and not what he should (see Romans 7:15-25), the other Apostles, and down to today, all believers in Jesus have and will fail to be perfect examples and representatives.

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