I have mentioned before that I ride a motorcycle. It is my favorite means of transportation, and weather permitting, I ride it to work every day!
A few weeks ago, I had some volunteers come to work with me at the office. I had ridden my bike, and we all left at the same time. The next day one of the volunteers came in and wanted to chat about the bike. I told him that I had grown up riding behind my dad and he replied, “I could tell you were the daughter of a biker by the way you drove off”.
That is a huge compliment because I love my father and consider it an honor to be compared to him or affirmed in likeliness to him. And he rides his Harley well, so I am honored to be considered accomplished if I were to ever ride like him.
This, of course, got me thinking. Do I live my life in such a way that makes people think, “That girl is a daughter of God”?
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.
– John 15.4-8
I reflect regularly on the admonitions to do everything to the honor and glory of God: eating, sleeping, talking, working, playing, etc. (1 Cor 10.31, Col 3.17). And if Jesus’ words here are true, “Apart from Me you can do nothing” that honors or glorifies God, then we must live completely in and through him. And because “whatever is not from faith is sin”, we must act in faith always (Rom 14.23).
So does our acting in faith make us visibly like God, such that one recognizes we are Christians? Do people know that you are a Christian by your love (John 13.35)?
Remember who you are. Remember whose you are. And act like it.
Let it be known that you are a child of God.