I thought an important follow up to the Be Audacious post would be to really answer the question, ‘how do we reflect Christ??’ It’s one thing saying we’ll be audacious, but how? What exactly are we being audacious about?
The main thing to highlight here is that, being audacious doesn’t mean being defiant /rebels in foolish ways. Jesus is an amazing example of this. He was a living, breathing, incarnation of God’s spirit here on earth, yet he was a servant to his followers and fully committed to the Father’s will. He shows us the beauty of humility and the biblical importance of submission and keeping the peace. In Mark 12:14-17 the Pharisees and Herodians tried to trap Jesus by asking, ‘Teacher, we know that you are a man of integrity. You aren’t swayed by others because you pay no attention to who they are; but you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Ceasar (the government) or not?’” In his infinite wisdom, Jesus asked them to bring him a coin then said, “‘Whose image is this? And whose inscription?’ ‘Ceasar’s,’ they replied. Then Jesus said to them, ‘Give back to Ceasar what is Ceasar’s and to God what is God’s.’ And they were amazed at him.” (#BOOM. How can we not love this Jesus?!)
The first thing that comes to mind when reading this verse is this, whose image is on me and you? Is it not our creator? The One who made us in his likeness- His signature is in our very DNA. We can see it in the way we all have the innate need to give and receive love, create communities (fellowship), and want to worship something. (Now, what/who we then choose to love, commune [with] and worship is a whole other story, due to free will). But the point here is, we are to give to authority on earth what belongs to it AND give to God what belongs to Him (ourselves). Jesus makes it clear in verse 17, that we are to obey man’s law except when it conflict’s with God’s law. God’s law is his will and his will is in his word. Following his will in spite of earthly custom is how we are audacious. It’s how we reflect Christ, and the image stamped on us. We need to be bold in declaring God’s word with our lives, but also humble in keeping the peace and serving, just as our Jesus served.
As Christians, do our very lives proclaim who we serve? There’s a quote that hits home every time when it comes to this topic and it’s this: “The single greatest cause of atheism today is Christians, who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, walk out the door, and deny him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.” – Brennan Mannig
My prayer is that the world sees Jesus in everything we do. That our actions match our words, and that God helps us to reflect His light and love.
We need to walk our talk.
Back to my previous excitement, how can we not love our #servantking?! Use that hashtag on twitter alongside #worldlight or #walkthetalk to share your thoughts.
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-Mark 1:40-44 – Jesus heals a man with leprosy then instructs him to go to the temple priest and offer the sacrifice the law demands for thanksgiving
-Luke 2:51- Jesus was obedient to his parents (though he created them!)