Funny Friday: A man came drove to a light as it turned yellow, just in front of him. He did the right thing, by stopping at the cross walk, even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection. The tailgating woman was furious and honked her horn, screaming in frustration, as she missed her chance to get through the intersection, dropping her cell phone and makeup.
As she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer. The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up. He took her to the police station where she was searched, fingerprinted, photographed, and placed in a holding cell.
After a couple of hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened the door. She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects. He said, ”I’m very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, making lewd gestures to the guy in front of you and, cussing a blue streak at him. I noticed the ‘What Would Jesus Do’ bumper sticker, the ‘Choose Life’ license plate holder, the ‘Follow Me to Sunday-School’ bumper sticker, and the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk, so naturally . . . I assumed you had stolen the car!
Hypocrites are people who pretend to be something they are not. They may say one thing and then do the opposite. They may act one way in a certain setting and then act another way in a different setting. It is very important that we as Christians, follow the example of Jesus Christ. It doesn’t matter where we are or who we are with, the words we speak and the things we do should always reflect our faith. Sometimes we are good at telling other people what they should do and how they should live, but we fail to follow our own advice. We need to, as the saying goes, “Walk the walk, not just talk the talk.”
One way is to be careful about the words we speak. You can tell a lot about a person by the words they use. You can tell even more by the words they use when they are distressed, angry, or threatened. James tells us the tongue is very dangerous. It can set a great forest ablaze. We can tame all kinds of animals, but we cannot tame the tongue (James 3:3-6). People are listening to the words we speak. Do our words build people up or cut them down? Do our words bring peace and calm to a situation or do they add fuel to the fire? One day I was on the phone after church and I was upset. My 6-year-old granddaughter was listening as I spoke angrily about the situation. When I was done I put the phone down and she asked, ” “Do you want to hear my memory verse?” “Sure,” I responded. She said “Let my words be pleasing to you Lord.” Psalm 19:14, I melted into my seat. OUCH!!! The words we speak should match the person we claim to be. If we profess that we are followers of Christ, then our words should be a reflection of that relationship.
We practice what we preach when we live our lives as reflections of the life of Christ. The way we act at work should be the same way we act at home, at church, around other Christians, in the supermarket, or waiting for a bus. Remember its all about what you see is what you get. We try to act the same wherever we are. When people see us, they should see a reflection of Christ.
The one thing I want you to take from this blog is “PEOPLE DON’T READ THE BIBLE BUT THEY DO READ YOU!”