But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only… James 1:22 (KJV)
In chapel, we heard the story of an Italian tour guide conducting a group through the Vatican. As they walked, a flock of chickens crossed their path, and the guide said, “These chickens are the very descendents of the rooster that crowed when Peter denied Christ.” Of course, the tourists were impressed until one man wondered aloud, “But how are they at laying eggs?” In essence, the heritage might be intimidating, but what actual value did the chickens have?
Some of us may boast of being “cradle-Christians,” of having cut our teeth on the church pews, of knowing all the hymns and prayers, and all the accoutrements that are part of being a “church person.” But what is the actual fruit of our lives? Jesus said that we would be known by our fruit. Is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, and faithfulness growing and observable in our lives? Is there consistency in our daily walk? Are we authentic?
There’s an old saying that goes like this: “If you were arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?”
Father, sometimes we get caught up in the trappings of religion and forget that our theme song is do-be-do-be-do. Do the works of Jesus and Be like Jesus. Strengthen us to follow you faithfully and to live out our hope through you. In Jesus’ Name. AMEN.