Have you ever heard people talk about someone and say something like, “She’s beautiful from the inside out”?
Meaning, she has some really great character traits—like she’s compassionate, has a great personality, and is kind.
No one wants to be around people who are fake, and no one wants to be called fake.That’s because we all know that when someone acts differently on the outside than they really are on the inside, it’s not a good thing.
That’s because most of us would agree that . . .
What someone is like on the inside should match what they’re like are on the outside.
And that’s what this series is about. For the next few weeks, we’re going to talk about what Jesus HAS DONE IS DOING inside of us change the way we live on the outside.
One of the main reasons why people don't want to follow Jesus is because, when Christians say they believe, it oftentimes doesn’t change how they act. You’ve probably heard people use words like “fake” or “hypocrite” to describe Christians. It’s hurtful, but sometimes it’s true, if we're honest, isn’t it?
Maybe you know people that you hope no one associates with Christianity Because you see how they treat other people, and it makes you cringe. “We’re not all like that as Christians! I’m sorry for the way they’re treating you!”
Or maybe you see someone, and it’s not that they treat people poorly; they just seem so bored with Christianity. It’s like they could care less. Nothing about their life draws people to say, “Wow, they have something I want.” Instead, people look at them and think, “If Christianity is anything like that, why would anyone want to be involved with it?”
Which leads to a pretty important question. What makes a Christian contagious? What makes them appealing or inspiring? I think there can be a lot of reasons, but one of which could be that they actually enjoy walking with God and caring for others; their faith seems like an adventure, not a burden!