Wear a symbol of your faith during the 40 days.
At first glance, I think this is going to be easy. I have a couple of cross necklaces, several bracelets with Christian messages, and a pair of cross earrings. I even have a scarf with “I love Jesus” printed on it.
No problem. I can wear any or all of them during the next 40 days. I have done it before during the season of Lent. It was a constant reminder to me of Whose I am.
But then I go deeper.
Anyone can wear a piece of jewelry with a cross attached. In fact, it seems quite popular among the rich and the famous. Google it for yourself. Even a female lead on one of my favorite crime-solving shows wears a cross necklace every week.
But does wearing a cross prove I have faith? I don’t think so. No more than wearing a baseball cap makes me a ball player.
If I am a Christ follower, it should show in more than just my clothing and my jewelry. It must be integrated into my actions, my words, and my attitudes.
Hear Paul’s admonition to the Colossians:
“Therefore, God’s chosen ones, holy and loved, put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, accepting one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a complaint against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive. Above all, put on love—the perfect bond of unity.” (emphasis mine)
Now that is a fashion statement.
This past Sunday, our pastor at Little Flock said we should love out loud. What would that look like, this loving out loud? More than a silver cross on a chain, I’m sure. Challenging to say the least.
The only way to love out loud, to wear my true faith is to die to myself and live my life through Christ Jesus. Seek the things above rather than the things of this earth.
This, Christ in me, this is my symbol of faith and this is my destiny. May it sparkle and shine and be noticed.
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