Friday, October 28, 2011

Canned goods

You know...I've learned a lot while teaching little kids (Kindergarten through 2nd Grade.)

Last night at AWANA, I was talking to them about being like canned goods.

As Christians, we need to be like canned goods. One of the most important thing about a canned good (apart from what's inside) is the label. Without the label you don't know what the product is. You don't know the expiration sometimes. And you don't have any nutritional information.

Jesus wants to make sure that we're always wearing our label.

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. - Acts 1:8

If Jesus lives within us, we are COMMANDED to be His witnesses (AKA - wear our labels as "Christians.") And here are three simple ways to proudly display your label:

1)  Our actions - The way we do (or don't do) things will tell people that we are different from the rest of the world.

In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. - Matthew 5:16
2)  Our love - How we choose to related to other Christians will demonstrate that Jesus lives within us.
By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. - John 13:35

3)  Our speech - At sometime, we will have to open our mouths and share what Jesus has done for us and others. Our actions and our love should leave people wondering what is different about us. And when they ask (and believe me, if you truly live your life for Christ, they WILL ask), we need to be ready to share our faith.

But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. - 1 Peter 3:15
So, how's your label? Is it smudged? Has it fallen off? Is it a little ripped up? Is it covered up or completely missing?
Let's wear our labels with pride and show the world that we belong to Jesus!! 

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