As a Christian, I honestly want to do all that I can to please Jesus. I want to walk like Him, talk like Him and show people through my actions that He is the way. How do we represent Christ fully in this world? Sadly because we are still fleshly, we may not ever get to stand out for Jesus fully.
How do we represent Jesus the best way we can?
To represent Jesus, we have to deny ourselves and take up his cross(Mat.16:24). It basically means that we have to become selfless and follow what the Lord has told us to do. If you are saved, you asked for forgiveness, and You asked Jesus to be your savior. That is the first step of denying your flesh and beginning your walk with Christ.
We can not represent Jesus if we don’t know what to do. We have to stay in The Word of God and pray without ceasing to understand what Jesus wants from us. Jesus had to build a relationship with His Father to follow God’s plan for His life. Jesus wouldn’t have known that He had to die on the cross for our sins if He didn’t pray and connect with His Father.
This leads to my next point which is, we need to build a relationship with Jesus. We have to learn Jesus’ voice so that we can understand what he sounds like to us. What is Jesus saying to You while you’re reading His Word? What message is He trying to convey in your heart? You wouldn’t know the answer to either one of those questions if you don’t familiarize yourself with His voice. Talk to Jesus like you would talk to your family or friends. He hears what you are saying to Him, and He’s ready to reveal what He wants from you. If you continue to grow your relationship with Christ, you might have a fantastic encounter with hearing Him speak back to you.
I want to give you some tips on what you’re slowly going to have to give up to represent Christ fully. These tips may make you feel some way, but I promise that it will better your walk with Christ especially as a newcomer to Christ.
Music Choices: When I first gave my life to Christ, I knew that I was going to have to change the music that I fed my spirit. It didn’t stop overnight, but I slowly saw myself giving up rap/gangsta rap (now called trap music). The cursing, sexual content, and drug content that was in my ears were not going to help me grow closer to God at all. The saying, “you are what you put in you” is right. I put a lot of cursing and sexual content in my spirit, and that’s all I thought about in middle school. When I became a freshman in high school, I found myself slowly stepping away from filthy rap music and transitioning to more Christian music and softer music like soul music. I felt my spirit feeling lighter, and my mind started to feel renewed.
I understand that this is a drastic change, but God is honestly patient and will help you renew your mind with better music that you can improve yourself for Him! He was patient with me, so there’s no doubt that He will be patient you. You have to meet God halfway, and He will help you get to where He desires you to be.
Cursing/Profanity: Oh you’re about to be in your feelings now. I remember when I was in middle school, I had the filthiest mouth ever. It’s sad to say now, but I knew how to tell someone off. If you bothered my friends or me, you were getting my words of choice. When I was in high school, I began to see that cursing wasn’t the best way to communicate. I knew that this was a sign of God working on my tongue and I haven’t used profanity since my freshman year in high school. You can’t represent Christ and use profanity. Jesus didn’t use it, so you shouldn’t either if you’re trying to walk with Him.
TV/Entertainment: We have to cut back on our television time. We entertain fighting, throwing glasses, cursing, and so much more that is not like God. We can’t represent Christ entertaining drama or gossip on television. We don’t realize that we take the drama that we watch on television and bring it into our friendships and households. God still working on me with this one. I enjoy watching “reality” tv shows, but lately, I haven’t been into them as I used to. Thank You, God, for working on me. I see so many fighting and other inappropriate videos shared on social media, and it’s all coming from what we are feeding our souls.
If you think you can be apart of the world and still represent Jesus, you’re so wrong! We are all sinners my friends, but as Christians, we have to have a repenting heart. That means even when we sin, we have to ask for forgiveness and not repeat those sins. See, as long as we are alive, we have to live in this world, but we don’t have to follow what the world does. You can’t do drugs, be an alcoholic, and think that you can represent Jesus to the fullest. Drugs and alcohol will clog your mind that you can’t hear what he’s saying to you. You can’t keep hooking up with everyone and think that you’re a representation of Christ. Willful sin cannot be apart of representing Christ.
God hates sin. I don’t want to keep doing what God hates. I want to keep doing things that God loves. I try to represent Jesus by showing love to one another each day which you can refer to my older posts here to learn how to love people. If someone is struggling as simple as dropping papers on the floor, I will help them. I try to check on my family and friends, even I don’t get a return back.
That is how I showcase selfless love like Jesus. I also spread the good news of Christ on all my social platforms because I want people over the internet and in person to know that I love God and I want to serve Him passionately. I don’t want to seem like I’m living a double life. (i.e., Cursing and being a wild child on Instagram; appearing innocent and loving the Lord on Facebook.)
As a Christian, we have to make people who don’t know Jesus think about”how good can this Jesus be for me? She seems so happy and has this good “vibe.” I want Jesus for myself.” I’ve realized people are looking up to me older or younger and I want to show them that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. Without Him, I am nothing.
It’s time to represent Jesus fully and stop living double lives. This is what I mean when I say serving Jesus all the way and not halfway. Don’t tell people you’re a Christian and you’re not practicing it. We’re humans that make mistakes, but we need to be repenting humans to represent Christ.
Tell me your thoughts in the comments. I love your responses to my previous posts, and I would like to see you in the comments! We’re on this journey together, and we are going to make it together!
Prayer: God, bless any new creature that wants to walk with you. Let them entirely walk with you and not halfway! Help the Christians to lead the way to future Christians. Help Christians to stop living double lives and live the life for You! We want to point souls to you Father! Thank You, Jesus.
Deuteronomy 5:33(NIV) – Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.