Three aspects of the label "Body of Christ."
Philippians 1:27a "Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the
gospel of Christ."
"Does your exterior truly reflect your interior?"
What does it mean to be a Christian?
I am a mess.
I know I am a mess.
But I do barely hold it together on the outside.
I do well in school.
Professors seem to like me.
My family seems to love me.
I have some friends.
I serve in my church.
This seems pretty together, right?
But does this reflect what is on the inside?
Am I falsifying what is on the inside by being "barely together" on the outside?
I am not necessarily convinced of that.
Do you expect me to dishevel my exterior for the pure sake of direct
I mean, intentionally?
Am I being hypocritical by trying to hold my exterior world together?
I mean, it would seem kind of…impractical (and perhaps selfish and childish) to let
everything go. I mean, what about responsibilities?
What is the answer?
If I don’t alter the outside to reflect the inside….then do I alter the
inside to reflect the outside?
Well, yes, this would be preferred.
But also, impossible.
This would be akin to demanding that my heart automatically believe
everything that I know in my head to be true. Yes, it would be preferred—but completely
I refuse to pretend that I can be perfect.
Perfection means no sin.
And I am clearly sinful.
Is it then impossible to have an outside that reflects my inside?
Marked by God.
Marred by sin.
Being remade. THAT is key.
I am not simply a mess.
I am not a mess that is hopeless.
I am a mess that is being cleaned up by God.
And to be realistic, I am not perfect on the outside either. Really. I’m not. If you think so, then you
are not looking closely enough. You are merely judging me (perhaps out of
So maybe I am the same on the inside as I am on the outside.
if I do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with my God,
then I am the same on the inside as I am on the outside.
Maybe then I am worthy to bear the name of Christ.
God does not demand perfection of me.
He does not demand that I get myself in order for Him.
He only demands that I humbly submit myself to His washing.
Thanks be to God
through our Lord Jesus Christ.