Representing Fathers Love
Recently we went to a football game and everyone likes to wear the colors to represent their own team. I do too. I try to match my earrings with my shirt and even my socks, if I can, so that I look like I belong to my team.
Afterwards Father nudged me and asked, “What do you do to represent Me? You belong to My team, don’t you?”
I realize it’s not in the color of clothes we wear, how we may decorate our houses or even how loud we can yell at a game. It’s a representation that comes from the inside and is reflected out on a daily basis that reveals who I am and to Whom I belong.
My actions speak louder than any words on a t-shirt or expressions I use when I talk. My beliefs should affect my behavior.
- Am I patient and kind with others who are not like me? Am I forgiving to those who have hurt me?
- Do I walk in covering love toward the weaknesses of others?
I once worked with a lady named Dory who used to have a saying I have never forgotten. She would say, “I may be the first Christian someone meets, so when they meet me, I want them to meet Him.” Whether it’s on a plane, a train, at the bank, or the market, I want to be aware of others around me, to be sensitive to them and think, “How can I show them Father’s love right now?”
So if Father’s love is the “team” I represent, how well are my colors showing? Not wanting to be legalistic, it’s not about having a list of “do’s and don’t’s” to follow. We, as Christians, don’t have a specific dress code to keep up with. Simply our outward man should reflect what God’s done in our inner man. Honesty, modesty, integrity, and truth are all attributes that shouldn’t be conformed to by rules and regulations but with a desire to display to others the relationship we have with our Father God.
Belonging to the family of God is an awesome thing — a great team. We have such a powerful, awesome Father Who loves us with an everlasting love; He’s amazing. He has always loved us and always will. And this is my team and I want to represent Him every day.