Titus 2:10 Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
1 Timothy 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
If you and I are to call ourselves “Christians”, by the VERY name of Christ, then you and I have a tremendous responsibility. The bravest most important task that anyone could have laid upon them. We are an example to the entire world. We represent the one thing that set this world in motion, that the galaxies are strung upon, and that is the thread of meaning throughout all of human history. Every single one of us is an employee of the Gospel called to adorn ourselves with it, and be an example of the light of Christ.
Every person we come in contact with we can have an impact on.
The world is looking at you. They are watching. What is the first thing a person notices about you? Well, in my case, they notice I am a woman. You might be a man, I’ll get to you. Either way, the very FIRST thing someone takes note of is your gender. I am called to be an example to the world of what a woman should be. This is a big responsibility. You are an example of the entire female race. There are so many bad examples of women out there. The entire world is telling you what you are as a woman, and God is telling you something else. The world tells you that you are a worth little more than your physical appearance, and what you do with, and how you present your body. However, God tells you that you are beautiful, loved, cherished, and holy. Your body is not a fish hook, designed to bait men and manipulate their emotions and actions. Your body is designed by God for His purposes to be used only to glorify Him.
1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
As a man, the world tells you that you are little more than your instinctual desires. You desire money? You should have it. You desire women? Take them. You desire power? Get it for yourself. God sees you in a different light. He sees you as wealthy in heavenly riches. He has designed ONE woman specifically for you to win, and cherish, and keep forever. He has given you the power of the Gospel to proclaim to the world. He has made you to be more than conquerers in the battle of the ages for men’s souls. He says you are loved, and brave, and powerful in Him.
So, you can either choose what the world is telling you to be OR you can choose to be an example of a what God has actually made us to be. Only the latter will ever satisfy.
So, first people will notice your gender, but secondly, people will notice that you are a Christian. If people speak to you or are around you for long enough, they will notice you are different. They SHOULD notice you are different. You have been called by God to a different standard. Separated out of the world, and to God. You are an example of what a Christian is to the people in your life. That is not a title to take lightly. If you SAY you are a Christian and live like the devil, it is worse than not saying anything at all. With your actions, you can turn people away from God. You can be responsible for people either saying, “Yes, I want what they have,” or saying, “No, there is no need for God in my life.” The things we do while claiming the name of Christ are a big deal to a Holy God. He has saved you, and set you apart for His purposes.
This seems like a whole lot of responsibility. Well, it is.
How are we supposed to accomplish this? By training, and training hard.
2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
We need to take responsibility for our own training. Know God. Get close to him by reading the Bible for yourself. Listen to pastors and teachers. Read books by authors who are known and respected by the Christian community. Educate yourself. It is hard work. You do not train by simply going to church. That is only a small part of your training. There is so much you need to do in taking responsibility for your own training to be a successful Christian man or woman.
Matthew 5:13-16 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
I have said this before, but the men and women of the Bible did not have anything more than we have today. We probably even have more. We have the Bible completed in full, and so so many resources to learn from. We have the same God they did, and we can have the same boldness, confidence, and power that they did to accomplish the task that is set before us.
Think about how effective just ONE person was throughout history. Now, imagine if we all do our part. If we all take responsibility for our own stuff, we can be the role models that the world is really looking for. Forget hollywood, forget the media. The Christians ought to be what people aspire to be like. Good, and loving, and giving, and preaching Christ, and glorifying God. That is what we were set apart for. Let the gravity of this reality sink in. It is the biggest responsibility in the history of the world, and I can think of no braver endeavor.