A Believer! But we have to be VISIBLE! Now we are invisible and the world has no idea of our numbers. SO our politicians do not respect our latent power. I decided several years ago that anyone I had a conversation with that ended with the salutation “have a good day” I would respond with “may The Lord bless your day, weekend or holiday.”
I was astounded with the experiences I enjoyed. And I do mean ENJOYED!
I walk for exercise. I walk at the mall in the winter months and in bad weather. There are about 100 people who do the same. They wear all kinds of shirts and sweat shirts with advertising on them. Most wear the same outfits every time they go. I do the same.
Then I thought, “I should be a more visible Believer.” So I designed a sweatshirt with a cross on the front and the Gospel on the back with an invitation for inquiry. Today was the third day I wore the shirt. There were three walkers who identified themselves to me, as Believers, who I did not know were. There are some who I knew were Believers.
Now picture all of those Believers with some kind of identification exposed. I now KNOW there are 9 Believers in the bunch. There are probably more. Now imagine a politician happens on the scene. Presently he would see one Believer. Me. If ALL Believers identified themselves he would see 10 Believers. When he shows up for work in our Legislature and a bill such as RFRA came up he would remember the mall.
Do you fear identification? We represent THE SOVEREIGN CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE! All power rests in HIM!
If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.” (Mark 8:38 NIV)
And even beyond that. God looks on a Believer as “experiencing” the penalty, brought to us by our father in the flesh, Adam. Through God The Son, Jesus Christ. Most Believers look on His work as substituting Himself to pay for our sin. And that IS the case! But BEYOND that, to throttle Satan completely, God has ALSO CREDITED Believers with the same experience Jesus went through. Satan has no basis for accusation!
We were “crucified” on the same cross Jesus was crucified on 2000 years ago. (Rom. 6:6, Gal 2:20) We were “buried” with Him at the same time He was 2000 years ago. (Rom. 6:4, Col. 2:12) We went to the place where justification occurs and He did justify us with the most valuable substance in existence, His Blood. (Titus 3:4-7, Gal. 3:24) But that is NOT all.
God the Spirit resurrected Him AND us into The Kingdom of Heaven! (Rom. 6:5, Phil. 3:10-11) As we wait for our turn to be transport to The Kingdom of Heaven, we live in its earthly existence The Church.
“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:55-57 NIV)
What have we to fear when we identify ourselves to the “god of this world’s” domain? The next step in our lives is Heaven! I echo Paul:
If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! 23 I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; (Philippians 1:22-23 NIV)
I enjoy my experiences in identification. I look forward to experiencing them. Won’t you join me!
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. (Mark 16:15 NIV)