Known as Christians

“… Now it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called Christians”

(Acts 11:26)

Alexander Maclaren once wrote:

“This name suggests that the clear impression made by our character, as well as by our words, should be that we belong to Jesus Christ. He should manifestly be the center and the guide, the impulse and the pattern, the strength and reward, of our lives. We are Christians. That should be plain for all folks to see, whether we speak or be silent. Is it so with you?”

(Samuel G. Hardman and Dwight Lyman Moody, Thoughts for the Quiet Hour, December 13.)

When entering most businesses in this area of Missouri the sign on the door states that masks are required. However, we notice that many folks do not wear them, especially at this apple orchard we visited recently. What is the right thing to do when there is so much conflicting information and misinformation? 

As a Christian, there is this internal struggle to do “the right thing” and to be obedient to the authorities. We wish to be a light in this dark world that draws others to The Son. We want others to see a gentle, caring spirit in us, whether we speak or are silent. 

As Maclaren questions at the end, “Is it so with you?”

Have a wonderful week as we attempt to make our deeds match our words!  😉  

This week’s Blessings, Prayer Requests, and Schedule are here.

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