Well, why I thought choosing anything that Beth Moore wrote would be "just a good read" I'll never know.
In the book, she challenged her readers to take a good look at Jesus and discover who you really say that He is (i.e.: is He a savior or the Savior). I was satisfied with my conclusion and then I felt the Holy Spirit pushing me further...
If my life were a complete open book, where every thing I do or say could be seen by anyone at anytime - what would my life say about Jesus? Does the totality my life exemplify who Jesus is?
Why Holy Spirit? Whhhhyyyyy?
I don't want to be introspective! Can't I just read for reading's sake?
Mahatma Ghandi is often wrongly quoted as saying, "I like your Christ, it is His Christians I don't like." Without going into all of the details of what was actually said and by whom, let's deal with that statement for a moment.
I just so happened to read Ghandi's autobiography years ago. Let me tell you, it is VERY easy to attribute that quote to him. The so-called Christians he encountered showed him their greed, theivery, dishonesty, a lack of integrity and much more all the while basically saying, "Jesus gives us grace and forgiveness so it's okay". Ghandi was disappointed and disheartened by the Christians he encountered. He went to his grave believing that Jesus doesn't really have the power to impact a person's life - so there was no need for him to entertain the notion of becoming a Christian. For Ghandi, those people's lives showed a Jesus that was okay with wrong doing, even though He taught differently.
So, what do people observe from my life? That Jesus is a "pushover" and okay with sin? That His teachings mean absolutely nothing? That He has no power? That His death on the cross was a joke?
I certainly hope not.
While His grace does abound, I pray my life doesn't show me attempting to take advantage of that grace. I certainly need to work on many things. I am far from where I need to be. It is my hope however, that as people peel back the layers they can see at least glimpses of Jesus - though I strive to show more than that. Far be it from me to be "the Christian" that swore someone else off from Christianity.
So, what exactly does my life state about the person of Jesus when others look at it?
I'm not absolutely certain, but I am working on my life always rightly exemplify who Jesus the Christ is:
My Eternal God
How about you?
Just Around the Corner,