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1 Peter 1:7-9
That the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith--the salvation of your souls.
Here's a question for you today. Do people "See" how great of a Christian you are? Maybe you are saying, "Yea, they see me read my bible at work, or raise my hands during worship at church."
Cool, those are good things, but what if people couldn't see you; would they still think you were a good Christian?
Let's give an example. Let's say the city you live in had something happen so that everyone there was now blind except for yourself. Now looking at the way you are now, and that you would continue to treat everyone the same way, would they be able to say without seeing you that you were a good Christian?
How so, by the way you treat them, how you talk to them, or how you talk about others, or the things you help them out with, or don't help them out with?
Think of today's devotional verses where Peter is saying, Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory.
Think about that. We can't see Jesus or God, yet we say that we love Him. Why, because of what He says in His word, and the way He takes care of us, providing for our every need, and by His showing love towards us and dying for us.
What if Jesus looked like that homeless, dirty, stinky guy you have seen on the streets, would you still love Him?
Do people love you and think you're this awesome Christian, because you look the part, or because you live the part?
Gal 2:20 "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
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