What Makes Your Christian Life POP?
What do you do as a Christian that makes your life "POP?"
What about the way you live your life as a Christian "pops out" to catch the attention of your family, your neighbors, your co-workers, fellow believers, and non-believers.
If you've accepted Jesus as your personal savior, what about the work of the Holy Spirit in and through you, that tells them you're someone special in God's sight, and they should take notice?
What energizes you, brings excitement to your day, creates a glow on your face, and puts a spring in your step that makes others notice?
What enlivens your soul and lifts your spirit, especially when you're down?
What emanates from you that shines brightly on others and makes their day?
It's not what you think.
It's common nowadays for someone in fashion, home decor, and art to use the verb "pop" to identify an aspect of something that makes other aspects stand out.
The fashion designer says, "That yellow blouse you bought pops, bringing out the golden lines in your blue jacket!"
The home decorator, exclaims,"The colors you chose for the cabinets make them pop, and make the whole kitchen shine."
The artist suggests, "The pinks and silver splashes you used in the swirls pop, and bring the landscape to life."
Ironically, what you should be doing as a born-again Christian that makes your life "POP," seems at first to be counter intuitive, at least to the world. That's because the Spirit connects you with the Spirit of God, helping you to reflect His character with the goal of being Christ like.
This doesn't mean you are perfect. It means you choose to try to reflect these qualities, characteristics that "pop" when set beside the values espoused by the world.
Paul writes in Galatians, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." He continues, "Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit."
These are the qualities that your life "POP" as a Christian, one who walks in the Spirit.
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Listen to God's Words
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)
We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5:2)
In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us. (Titus 2:7-8)
Also read: Romans 8:14, John 14:26, Acts 1:8
What Others Say
“A man does not have the character of God if he does not have the fruit of the Holy Spirit.” Sunday Adelaja
"The fruit of the Spirit wasn't intended to be a list of goals for us to produce--it is the Holy Spirit through us who produces it." Dan Kimball
"God prefers fruits of the Spirit over religious nuts." Adrian Rogers
Think About It
What fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians do you display in your daily life? When you exhibit those, how do they differentiate you from others you know?
If you have other personal qualities that you feel manifest a Christ-like demeanor and way of life, describe them and why they make you POP out of the crowd.
If you feel you lack many of qualities listed above as fruit of the Spirit, what does that say about your Christian walk? What do you need to do to start walking in the Spirit and reflecting Christ in you?