do they see Jesus in me?

I’ve spent a lot of time over the past few weeks peering into the depths of my heart. To be honest, it wasn’t really an intentional act. It’s more like all of a sudden I stumbled over how my heart really looks.

I think that happens sometimes when your life changes drastically. It doesn’t have to be a bad thing– in my case it’s a really good thing: my new job. All of a sudden, I spend 40 hours a week with a brand new group of people who I’m trying to get to know better.

…which makes me think, how do these new people perceive me? Do I carry an air of love and acceptance with me as I enter a room? Or do I come across closed minded and judgmental? Do I look like the world or do I look like Jesus?

Paul writes in Philippians 1, “Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ” (v. 27a).

And that’s what really got me thinking: am I living in a manner that elevates the gospel as the most important thing in my life?

I’ve been asking myself that question over and over again lately… and I’ve been thinking about what characteristics of Christ in me I hope will shine bright like a diamond, if you will.

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you. {Titus 2:11-15}

Recalling that Jesus is my blessed, everlasting hope, who gave himself for me to purify me and redeem me from lawlessness… that is more than enough to stir up compassion, joy and grace in my heart!!

I want to be bold about my relationship with Jesus–but I want boldness in more than just talk. I want my actions and day-to-day attitude to speak boldly of who Jesus is and how great he is!

So that’s my prayer for this season of my life (and, really, every season from here on out!): that everything I do will intentionally speak volumes of our great Savior.