What Are You Known For?

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Too often Christians are known more for what they’re against than what they’re for.

To your friends, you’re probably the boring, goody-goody who doesn’t party and drink or have sex outside of marriage. But is that all it means to be a Christian? That you’re against a lot of the things other people do?

Of course, as a Christian you’re against certain things. Things like sin, worldliness and evil works. But that’s only half of the equation. As Christians, we should be for certain things too. Things like righteousness, godliness and good works.

One verse that makes this perfectly clear is James 1:27, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”

In this verse we are told about something to be against (the staining of the world) and also something to be for (visiting and caring for orphans and widows).
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In Jesus’ day the Pharisees (the really spiritual members of society) were big on staying unstained from the world, but they were failing at performing good works toward others. It was obvious to see what they were against, but a little harder to see what they were for. Jesus had these harsh words for them in Matthew 23:23, “Woe to you Pharisees for you have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness.”

So what are we to do? How do we avoid being like the Pharisees? Hebrews 10:24 tells us. “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works.”

In order for us to rise up in this generation and make an impact, we’re going to have to apply some time and energy into figuring out what it looks like to live a life of love and good works.

Isn’t that what we should be known for? Isn’t that the reputation we should have in the world?
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When Jesus walked this earth, that’s what he was known for. It was said of Him that “He does all things well” (Mark 7:37). And He was known as a “friend of tax collectors and sinners” (Matthew 11:19). Jesus reached out to the outcasts and vulnerable members of society. He fed the poor, healed the sick, and befriended sinners. When people observed Jesus’ life, the things that stood out to them most were not the things that He was against, but what He was for. His life was one of love, service and suffering on behalf of others. It only makes sense that as His servants we follow the example of our master.Disney Princess 1-Medium

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