I have mentioned a few times about the times strangers have commented on our dressing and said “You MUST be Christian, I can tell by the way you’re dressed…” That used to make me feel so good. I’d say “Wow God, they can see Your will in me!” But then only today have I thought of the converse. All those times I didn’t know the truth and dressed like a ‘normal’ person, I was therefore NOT dressed “like a Christian.” I wasn’t representing Christ.
I think of our prideful statements. “Oh, if we were Peter we would have never denied Christ.” But I was reminded of the above when I read these words this morning.
“We may deny Him in our words, by speaking evil of others, by foolish talking, jesting and joking, by idle or unkind words, or by prevaricating, speaking contrary to truth. In our words we may confess that Christ is not in us. In our character we may deny Him by loving our ease, by shunning the duties and burdens of life which someone must bear if we do not, and by loving sinful pleasure. We may also deny Christ by pride of dress and conformity to the world, or by uncourteous behavior. We may deny Him by loving our own opinions and by seeking to maintain and justify self. We may also deny Him in allowing the mind to run in the channel of lovesick sentimentalism and to brood over our supposed hard lot and trials.
No one can truly confess Christ before the world unless the mind and spirit of Christ live in him. It is impossible to communicate that which we have not. The conversation and the deportment should be a real and visible expression of grace and truth within. If the heart is sanctified, submissive, and humble, the fruits will be seen outwardly and will be a most effectual confession of Christ. Words and profession are not enough. You, my sister, must have something more than this. You are deceiving yourself. Your spirit, your character, and your actions do not show a spirit of meekness, self-denial, and charity. Words and profession may express much humility and love; but if the conduct is not regulated daily by the grace of God, you are not a partaker of the heavenly gift, you have”.1873, Testimonies for the Church 3:331-335
In which ways have I been denying Christ all along?