As we enter into the 18th day of Lent, our scripture readings cover many areas. In Jeremiah, we read about the foolishness of people, of people not listening to God or seeing His mighty works, being stubborn and rebellious in heart. Then in the Psalms we read how God abases the proud but exalts the righteous. In Romans we read how we all are sinners and fall short of the glory of God. Our gospel reading tells us about Jesus teaching at the feast and how no one wants to mention “His” name or talk about Jesus for fear that word would get back to the Jews, the very ones that are seeking Him, the ones who deny that He is the Son of God, that He is the Messiah. How often have we, through our words or actions, denied that He is the Son of God, that He is the Messiah?
It is so easy to go to church on weekends yet leave our thoughts of Christ within the church building when we walk out. As believers, we believe that our bodies are a temple, that our bodies are more than just mere flesh and blood. “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you whom you have from God?” (I Cor 6:19) There is an eternal soul within us that Jesus inhabits when we become believers, and we are urged to carry the name of Christ, the name of Jesus with us out into the world. Do the people you work with, your families, your friends, know that Jesus lives in your heart? Do you exhibit Christ-like attributes when you are out in the world? Are you someone that a non-believer would seek out?
How often are the words that come from your mouth not Christ-like? In a world where people consider profanity part of our everyday language, are you one that can easily talk with the world and never give it a second thought? Have we become so wrapped up in the world that we no longer can be seen as one that stands apart from the rest of the crowd, one that leaves our beliefs and our love for Christ at the front door of the church? This Lenten season, I encourage each of us to search our heart and see if we can lay aside our worldly talk and take a Christ-like spirit out into the world when we leave church each week.