Certified

I spent the morning at the Department of Driver’s Services, finally getting my expired driver’s license renewed. Of course, I had planned to go several weeks ago before it lapsed, only to discover that due to new identity theft protocols implemented by my state, I now had to present five pieces of documentation proving my legal name and residence. Unfortunately, I was unable to locate my certified birth certificate, so I had to send off to North Carolina for an official copy. Once I had that in hand, I gathered my my social security card, marriage license (to prove my name change) and two utility bills verifying my residence, and headed off to take care of this annoying obligation.

But as I sat in the hard plastic chairs awaiting the pleasant sounding computer generated voice to alert me that “Ticket number B-174 was now being served at counter number 13,” I found myself thinking about the credentials that were resting on my lap.

In a very real way, the lives of believers serve a similar function before the unbelieving world that those documents did at the counter at the DDS. As we invite “the message of Christ dwell” in us richly (Col 3:16) and are “transformed by the renewing of our mind” (Rom 12:2), our lives become living documents that others can ‘read’ to verify that there is hope in this life through a relationship with Christ.

The world is vast and full of people who will never be inclined to pick up a Bible, turn on a Christian broadcast, or darken the door of a church. But when we endeavor to live lives of purity, godliness, and uncompromising commitment to God, we authenticate the truth and give those outside the faith a living portrayal of the Gospel! In essence, they are able to read His message tattooed on the skin of our words, attitudes and actions. Paul said it like this: You show that you are a letter from Christ, … written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. ~ 2 Corinthians 3:2-3

So as we go about our routines each day, be aware that whether you notice or not, others are watching you to verify the authenticity of what you say you believe. In that light, remember to make every effort to be living breathing testaments of the love of God poured out on this world and act in such a way that the light of your life certifies His truth and draws others into a relationship with Christ that will never expire.

 

23 thoughts on “Certified

  1. Unbelievers are always watching. Most people I have met who are not saved almost have the same reason for not being saved. They don’t see much of a difference between their lifestyles and those of the believers around them. The church needs to know this. Thanks Karen.

    1. I agree. If the church looks, acts and lives no differently from the world, what need do unbelievers have for God? We need to demonstrate overtly to them that there is hope and a God who loves them. Thanks Lawrence!

  2. Amazing to see when and where God reveals to us Karen! It may be in church, a stop light, or even getting a licence renewed. What a thought provoking post. I definitely want to live a “certified” life for Christ so that others may know Him as there Savior! Thanks for sharing what God put on your heart. So glad I found you via Thankful Thursday. May God continue to richly bless you and have a wonderful weekend!

    1. I agree! If every Christian lived out of the irresistible love of Christ, we couldn’t build churches large enough to hold all the people who would flock to him. Thank you for joining in and sharing your thoughts as well! May God’s abundant fullness rest on you as well!

  3. Oh the DMV! Next time I’m waiting in line there I will think of your post and let it inspire me to prove my identity in Christ! Thanks for sharing your wisdom! Joining you on #livefreeThursday, God Bless, Cindy

  4. So true Karen! I have heard it said we are the only Bible some may ever read. To be, that example to for others to read we need to be in the Bible letting the word of God conform us into the image of His Son. Really enjoyed your post. Today is my first visit to your site! Glad I stopped by from Thankful Thursday! God Bless!

  5. I’m doing a study right now and one of the things we discussed was if people take notice that we’ve been with Jesus. Loved you blog today and that last paragraph and verse are powerful.

  6. I think it was Dixie Smith who said, the gospels are Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and the Christian, but most people won’t read the first 4.

  7. So true! And what a gift — to find this encouragement while you were waiting. It is easy to miss God’s voice when we are too busy being annoyed at living out His plan for us! It was good that your heart was able to listen. 🙂

    Stopping by from Kristin’s #ThreeWordWednesday!

    1. I totally believe God longs to reveal Himself in the mundane, and often wonder how many times I do get annoyed and miss some marvelous interaction with Him. Glad you joined the conversation!

  8. “His message tattooed on the skin of our words, attitudes and actions.” Sheer poetry. Beautiful! Every bit as good as “tablets of our hearts.” Another great picture of eternity in the day-to-day. Thank you for doing what you do.

  9. Hi Karen. I’m visiting from the #TellHisStory link up today. I totally agree with you that we may be the only Bible the world (or those in our circles of influence) reads. Yes to these words: “In essence, they are able to read His message tattooed on the skin of our words, attitudes and actions” A salutary thought! But a necessary one if it helps and inspires us to tame our tongues and guard our thoughts. Thank you for also revealing that inspiration to write can happen anywhere; we just need to be open to receiving it! Bless you. 🙂

    1. I think that’s the essence of what we need to learn to do… tame our tongues and guard our thoughts… to really impact those around us. And yes, if we are willing to listen, I believe God can use anything… even a visit to the DMV… to communicate His truth.

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