Sunday, September 1, 2013

The 10 Most Wanted Christians

“Be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves.” (James 1:22)

As we celebrate Labor Day, it’s important for us to remember that a Christian is not simply someone who follows Jesus one day a week (on Sunday), but every day of the week in all arenas and aspects of their life (at home, work, play, vacation, school, etc.).

See if these words that I found in an old bulletin from my home church still ring true for you and me today.  The “Ten Most Wanted Christians” are...

“1.        The Christian who tries to be the right example to every
child, rather than just talk about it.

2.         The Christian who has a passion to help rather than a passion to be helped.

3.         The Christian who is willing to say “I was wrong. I’m sorry.”

4.         The Christian who, when faced with temptation, prays “God, you know I want this. But I want you MORE!”

5.         The Christian who puts God’s business above any other.

6.         The Christian who commits him or herself totally to a project and gives credit for its success not to themselves, but to those others who've helped make it possible.

7.         The Christian who has a ready smile, a listening ear, and a pat on the back for others.

8.         The Christian who takes their children to church, rather than just sending them.

9.         The Christian who gives money, time, and work to Christ through their church, without thought of return.

10.       The Christian who sees their own faults before they see the faults of others.”

[--Modified from a 1989 newsletter article from Fayetteville First UMC, Fayetteville, GA]

May these words challenge each of us to practice what it truly means to follow Christ!  Remember that God loves you and I do, too!

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