Who do people see when they look at me? This is a very sobering question. In order to answer it, I guess I first need to ask myself who are they supposed to see? Galatians 2:20 says:
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Galatians 2:20This indicates that I have surrendered myself to Christ. In doing so, I die to myself. If Christ lives in me, then he is the one whom people should see.
This brings me back to my first question. Who do people see when they look at me? I know who they should see but the question is who do they see? Me or Christ? I don't know about you but I'm afraid that far too often they see me only rather than Christ. That is not a good thing. How will they come to know him if I keep getting in the way? How can people's lives be transformed if I keep drawing their attention to me rather than Christ?
I have a funny feeling I am not the only person who keeps trying to upstage Christ. We need to stop doing that. It's not about our ambitions or our dreams or our pride. It's not about us at all. It's about Christ. We can't change the world. He can. We can't restore people into a right relationship with God or heal the broken-hearted. Only God can do that. We are simply witnesses of what God has done for us. We must be reflections of his light rather than of our own light which in actuality is nothing but darkness without him.
May we all take the time to ask ourselves this question now and then. May God help us to truly reflect Christ rather than ourselves so that the world around us only sees Christ in us.
That is a great question to be asking ourselves. I ask myself this question sometimes, or at least things similar to it. I often wonder if I am doing a good job of portraying Christ to those around me.
I work with many people who aren't Christians. Even when I feel like I did a terrible job of acting Christ like, it seems these people still notice something different about me. They still apologize when they accidently cuss around me, even though I have never made mention of this bothering me.
This whole observation made me realize when Christ is living in us sometimes he is still shining through us even when we are not aware of it. There is really nothing we can do to make him show, the only thing we can do is believe and allow him to.