As the years go by, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to live your life as a Christian, without the fear of harassment, criticism, or mockery.
I, and perhaps many other people, have been stuck in a similar quagmire before. A few years ago, I often thought it was uncool to talk about God before my friends, mainly because I assumed that they would see me as ‘overly Godly’ or ‘too righteous’. I refrained from doing the basic things I used to do on a normal day; like praying before my meals, quoting bible scriptures, insisting against sinful acts, and other things of that nature. In front of everyone, I was faith-less and willing to ‘go with the flow’; but the moment I got back home, my Christian principles were restored. I was basically living my life as a Christian in hiding sometimes.
Many of us are facing similar situations; whereby it’s almost like a chore to practice our Christian faith before the world. Today, I want you to know that you can’t inspire other people to follow God’s path when you serve him only when nobody is watching. You need to be proud of your faith and live it for the whole world to see. Lead an exemplary life confidently; through your speech and conduct, so that those around you can follow suit.
Romans 1:16 says “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes”. This bible verse is a fantastic one to live by and emulate, possibly for as long as you live. As a true Christian who is passionate about sharing the word; you need to be unapologetically proud and happy about the faith you believe in. You need to practice it and share it willingly. You cannot be ashamed or embarrassed when it comes to the God you serve. Let everything about you be a true reflection of your Christian faith.
The bible is grounded with many other bible verses that encourages us to willingly live our lives for God. Mark 16:15 says “And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.’”
Psalms 96:3 says “Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples.”
And lastly, Matthew 28:19-20 says “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
As you can see, God has told us multiple times throughout the bible that it is a vital duty of ours to preach the word and spread the gospel. Please, do not ignore it.
At this point in my life, I don’t care where I am or who I’m with – if I want to pray, I will pray. If I want to fast, I will fast. If I want to bring out my bible and host a vigil, I will do so. I’ve learned to be shamelessly me, and embrace the life I live as a believer and follower of Jesus Christ. I encourage you to do the same. Do not be afraid of what others would think, or how they would view you. You are on this earth to serve God, not man.
If you are the only Christian amongst your peers; I urge you to embrace your uniqueness and be proud of your faith. Do not shy away from your beliefs because it seems weird to other people. Be yourself and love your God, both at home and in public. 2 Chronicles 36:16 says, “but they continually mocked the messengers of God, despised His words and scoffed at His prophets.” – As a Christian, it is guaranteed that people will always mock you no matter what. But always put your trust in the Lord; and I promise there will be nothing to be afraid of.
Thank you for reading! Please remember; it’s okay to be a proud Christian. Continue to share the gospel, continue to lead a Godly lifestyle, and continue to bring as many people closer to God as you can. It’s really cool.