Julie Lyles Carr: Sunday Selah

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Sunday Selah

And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
II Corinthians 3:18

Can you tell?
Can you tell when you meet another Christian? Before they say anything that gives you a hint? Before you notice their faith jewelry or Bible verse t-shirt or they talk about their church?

Can you tell?

And can they tell you are a believer?

Our faith should, of course, make our lifestyles and wardrobes and speech a little different from the world around us. So often, we focus on that as the expression of our faith. But it can't be the nexus of what identifies us as believers. Christ didn't save us so we could come up with some Believer Team Uniform and Jargon.

I'm talking about something harder to quantify. But far more important.

I'm talking about a transformed inner life. A life predicated on peace. A life that exudes love. A life that is so overflowing with hope and gratitude that a quiet joy emanates, spreading light in a circle that radiates out, even spreading sparkling like morning dew onto the dry heart of the shopper behind you in the grocery check out line. Smiles and encouragement and graciousness for those you encounter throughout the day.

Not just, "Well, I stopped doing 'this' or 'that' when I came to the Lord." I'm talking about what you're doing with that gratitude.

How are you treating the waiter who's less than attentive at the restaurant? The overbearing soccer mom? The rude shopper pushing through the aisle? The co-worker who mopes about like an Eeyore? Has Jesus transformed your life enough to have you bless those who curse, love those who are unlovely? Better question yet: when do you plan on letting Him transform your heart to let you live this way? Live transformed?

Because there can be no better Believer Team Uniform than this...to be the people known for compassion, heart, grace. And not just because we come up with a marketing plan to proclaim that.

But because like a stealth army, we live it, invading our culture, our neighborhood, our workplace. Graciously. Simply.

When we are truly transformed, then we can transform the world.


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