“Don’t just go to church, be the church.”

It’s hard not to pick and choose where and when to let my “Jesus side” show.

If I feel like someone is being a jerk in traffic, I want to shove the “Jesus side” of me to the back seat while I have some choice words and gestures for this guy who obviously doesn’t know how to drive. After all, Jesus never drove in rush hour traffic, so he probably couldn’t understand what it feels like to get cut off, could he?

If I feel like someone’s situation tugs at my heart and, for some reason, I feel moved to help someone with money or a kind word, it’s easy to put my “Jesus side” out for display. After all, Jesus was a good guy who had compassion on people and helped them out when they needed stuff didn’t he?

I have a sense of the times my “Jesus side” needs to be on display and when it doesn’t need to be on display.

Unfortunately, the decision is usually weighted almost entirely on what I want and not as often on what Jesus would likely want.

But it is getting better.

It’s not hard to pick and choose where and when to let my “Jesus side” show, but I don’t even want it to be a question or a choice or for there to by a “my side”.
So when that jerk shows up in traffic and cuts me off, I want Jesus’ leadership to shape how I respond with love, grace, etc.

And when someone’s situation tugs at my heart, I want Jesus’ leadership to shape how I help and serve…

…but I also want Jesus’ leadership to shape how I love, serve, and more when someone’s situation doesn’t tug at my heart, but it tugs at his.

And that only happens, I’ve discovered, if I make sure that “I am His” is the filter through which I make all my decisions, think all my thoughts, etc.

This week, I’m challenged to take every thought captive and make it submissive to Christ so that every part of me reflects Christ, not just the parts that I want to make available.

Wade Poe

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