Today I Ponder – Tee Shirts
It’s been a wonderful morning really. It’s just noon time and I have had the opportunity to fellowship with a dear brother in the Lord to me not once but twice! After we had said our goodbye’s earlier, the Lord arranged for us to have a late breakfast together later in the morning.
I was standing in line at Jack’s, waiting for my turn to order and I heard a familiar friendly voice resounding from behind me. I turned and there he was!
It was nothing short of wonderful the fellowship we shared as we sat and ate our breakfast in the unpretentious setting of the local faster food establishment.
The events of the morning were sheer joy to me!
As we departed, I was thanking God for having a partner who was serving the Lord with me. The joy that wells up inside of me when we get time to share together is nothing short of amazing. Then a song, ‘They Will Know We are Christians by Our Love’, then finally the scripture to back it up.
So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my Disciples.”
John 13:34-35 (NLT)
Yes, God is good to us. This morning He really drove that point home to both of us.
I wanted to do a Pondering’s blog to comment and thank Jesus for this fellowship. I went looking for non-copywritten images that I might feature with the posting, when I ran across this tee shirt. The imprint said, ‘They will know we are Christians by our tee shirts!’. That just about said it all.
I’m not sure if the writer of that tee shirt imprint meant it as a spiritual truth or was poking fun at believers. I suppose I will not know perhaps until I’m at the feet of Jesus and I will know as I am known. That little morsel of information might be apparent at that point.
I know my initial reaction was less than enthusiastic until I realized just how much truth was in those words.
I’ve been on a tear lately because the Lord has really been driving the point that I need to be His Disciple. Not just say that I follow Jesus, but really take to heart what being a Disciple means.
The truth that screams out from this tee shirt imprint is just this, if we are really Disciples of Christ Jesus then we will be changed, and everything related to us is going to stand out that we are His follower. Not in a discrete and masked manner. No, it is going to be bold and in your face, that we are different.
It will be just as obvious as a tee shirt proclaiming it.
I’m not going to suggest you run out and pick up tee shirts with that or any other saying on them to point out to the world that you are a Disciple of Jesus. But you could. However, if you did, I would also hope that you would take to heart what being a follower of Christ really means to us.
It means that we give up our old way of doing things and we attempt in every way to pattern our lives after who Jesus is, what He teaches us, and the things He calls us to.
See, being a Disciple is so much more than a declaration on a tee shirt. It’s more than just saying we are, or intend to be a Disciple of Christ.
Being a Disciple is a lifelong commitment to do everything in our power to emulate our Lord and savior and be obedient to His Word and calling in our lives. A key part of that obedience is to help others be true Disciples of Christ as well.
They will know we are Christians by our tee shirts…
And our talk, and our behavior, and our love for each other, and our love for the lost, and, and, and!
It doesn’t take a tee shirt. It takes a commitment and then putting that commitment to work in our day to day lives.