I’ve just been thinking a lot lately about the image of Christianity, and the often misrepresentation of Christ.
I ask the question (along with many others)-what are we known for? I see all sorts of different answers posted on facebook walls and in online articles. However you might answer that-we are supposed to be known by our LOVE, living peaceably with those among us, having a good reputation with outsiders. We SHOULD be resting in the sovereignty, justice, and righteousness of God. We should be speaking truth in love, and showing the world that peace that (is supposed to!) passeth all understanding is available and found in Jesus Christ.
Charles H. Spurgeon has a great solution to this:
“There are times when solitude is better than society, and silence is wiser than speech. We should be better Christians if we were more alone, waiting upon God, and gathering through meditation on His Word spiritual strength for labour in his service. We ought to muse upon the things of God, because we thus get the real nutriment out of them. . . . Why is it that some Christians, although they hear many sermons, make but slow advances in the divine life? Because they neglect their closets, and do not thoughtfully meditate on God’s Word. They love the wheat, but they do not grind it; they would have the corn, but they will not go forth into the fields to gather it; the fruit hangs upon the tree, but they will not pluck it; the water flows at their feet, but they will not stoop to drink it. From such folly deliver us, O Lord. . . .”