By Tom Moore

The story is told of a certain man who entered a café to eat lunch. As he viewed the menu he couldn’t decide what to order, so he began to look around at what
everyone else was having. He saw a man over in the corner eating a big steak, he was smiling with each bite, and seemed to be having the time of his life. The waitress came to ask the undecided man what he would like to order, and pointing to the man in the corner eating the steak, he said, “I’ll have what he is having.”

Have you ever stopped to consider how people may be watching us as they decide what to do about religion? As people watch us what do they see? Do they observe souls who are enjoying Christianity? Or, do they see folks who look like they have been weaned on a sour pickle? As the old beautiful hymn states, “We are the only Bible that many will ever read.” “Ye are our epistle, written in our hearts, known and read of all men” (2 Cor. 3:2). Thus, we ought to stop and take inventory of our lives to see how we are coming across to our peers. Are we perceived as one who is excited about Christianity?

David delighted in saying, “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go unto the house of Jehovah” (Psa. 122:1). “These things I remember, and pour out my soul within me, How I went with the throng, and led them to the house of God, With the voice of joy and praise, a multitude keeping holyday” (Psa. 42:4). The sweet singer in Israel was filled with great joy at every opportunity he had in worshipping God. The world should see this same joy in us! Yet, sadly, this joy is absent when we willfully forsake the assembly of the saints.

The apostle Paul declared, “the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Rom. 14:17). Jeremiah joyously proclaimed, “Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy words were unto me a joy and the rejoicing of my heart: for I am called by thy name, O Jehovah, God of hosts” (Jer. 15:16).

These are the kinds of attitudes that world should see manifested in our lives. These are the kinds of dispositions that beam forth as a beacon light of hope to a lost and dying world. Could there be any greater reason for joy than realizing that we have a risen Savior, Who has provided the obedient a way into heaven?

Is the world being drawn to Christ through you? Are you exhibiting the joy of Christianity?

Tom Moore

About from the Preachers PC

Gospel Preacher for the Park Heights church of Christ in Hamilton, TX. I stand for and defend the truth of God's word. All other degrees and diplomas mean very little in comparison.
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