What do you Believe?

What's in your heart?
What’s in your heart?

If you believe that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead…does your life show it? I mean, can others see Jesus in you? Based on your conversations and how you spend your time, is it evident to others that you are indeed a Christ follower? Not to mention how you spend your money, too?

I once challenged my Sunday school class with this thought: “If I was a fly on the wall in your house, what would I see?” Many of us have grown up in church and can get by with throwing out a few Christian phrases here and there. Praise the Lord! He is risen! Walk by faith! Pray continuously! 

We know enough to talk the talk, but are we also walking the walk?

Or is Jesus merely someone we talk about when we are at church, comfortably sitting amongst our Christian friends. I can recall when I used to be ashamed to tell others I believed in Jesus. I didn’t want them to think I was some kind of weirdo who actually believed Jesus was raised from the dead. I would keep my mouth shut when uncomfortable conversations arose in my midst. Or, at least find a way to sneak out. The thought of telling others that I was a Christian scared me to death. I wanted to be accepted by my peers more so than I wanted them to know about Christ.

In hindsight, I realize my faith was immature. At the time, I valued others and their opinion of me over and above God. Those who make little of God think little of Him, too. We may say we believe in God–but our actions and words should make it obvious. Even if we can fake it to outsiders, we cannot ever fool God. He sees right through our shenanigans. He knows what goes on in the secret chambers of our heart.

“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7