14 December 2005

Christian -- Title or Description?

In Seizing Your Divine Moment, Erwin McManus writes:

"Imagine the power of our lives if we could know with confidence that when others see us, they would also see God; that God would reveal Himself through an ordinary human being; that those who today are blind to God would have their eyes opened by the life each of us lives. It was at Antioch that the disciples of Jesus were first called Christians. It was not a designation they gave themselves. It was the result of others observing their lives and seeing Christ in them. They looked like Jesus. Their lives reflected the adjective Christian. It was intended to be a description, not a title."

Lord, empower me to be an adjective for You, not merely a noun.


Anonymous said...

great comment on oldwindbreaker's xanga!! i like the implications of your screen name and the well-thought out addendum to dale's amazing post. j_z_mia

oldwindbreaker said...


Thanks for your comments on yesterdays post. Sounds like we have some similar views. Your story about making friends and sharing one's spirituality at the local pool shows that you get it. Thanks again.

j_z_mia said...

just read the comment you left on my 12/12 post, about Lk. 19:41-42. I am so encouraged that you mentioned this passage... it's a favorite of mine, and every time I come to it, it brings tears to my eyes -- the compassion of Jesus, the love for those who are "weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd." thanks for your comment, and i am really blessed to know you could relate to my poetry. dont' quit praying for your friend, even if you don't see the fruits of your intercession.