GIFTED: Visible Authority

I know this will come as a shock to you, but the people you see in church every Sunday are not perfect. Are you shocked? I didn’t think so. You know that your Christian friends and family make mistakes. They are not immune to temptation, doubt, or apathy. They need to hear about Jesus just as much as anyone else. It’s not news to them like it is to those outside the church, but it’s still good.

Psalm 111 points this out. “Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation” (verse 1). The Psalmist is acknowledging that it’s important for Christians to share the Word of God with other Christians. Not only that, but since we have the identity of Jesus, we are authorized and equipped to share it.

Other Christians need this! Being Christian doesn’t disqualify you from needing reminders. Are you sad today? You could use a reminder of the joy found in Christ. Are you worried today? You could use a reminder of the relief found in Christ. Are you confused today? You could use a reminder of the clarity found in Christ. We are here to help not only non-Christians but Christians as well.

Be visible and vocal with your faith. Talk about it. Jog your friends’ memories when they need it. The reminder will not only give them a better perspective on their troubles – it will encourage them to share this perspective with others, Christians and non-Christians alike.