Just as we are often associated with our passions (music, a particular movie, or book) I would like to discuss how people should associate Christians with their King. When people think of us, they should think of Christ in us.
Lord Of The Rings Obsession
In high school, I was obsessed with The Lord of the Rings (or LotR). I lived, breathed, ate, and slept all things LotR. It was all I ever wanted to talk about. Everyone who knew anything about me knew that I adored the trilogy. Today my love for the trilogy has grown into a more mature and less obsessive love. Yet to this day, friends associate me with The Lord of the Rings. They will randomly text me “Hey, The Two Towers was on TV the other day. Made me think of you!” It might be odd, but I am honored by this! People know how much I love it, so they cannot think of one without the other.
Passion For Christ
As much as I love when people associate me with The Lord of the Rings I would rather they think of Christ. I want people to associate me with the Savior of my soul, but I know that my life does not always reflect Him like it should. If people associate me with a fantasy story how much more should I be associated with Christ. I should be so obsessed with Christ that others cannot help but notice.
In John 13:34-35 Jesus tells his disciples,
“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
These words are some of Jesus’ last before He was crucified. Our love for other people needs to set us apart as Christ Followers. The world is incapable of loving as we do because they lack the connect to the ultimate source of love.
It is my desire to be so in love with Jesus Christ that everything else pales in comparison. I want others to see my Lord when they see me. I want to love others deeply in such a way that points to Him who first loved me. 1 John 4:19 says,
“We love him, because he first loved us.”
I want my love to be a reflection of His love, so that when people look at me they see my Savior.