Live Like It – At the Movies

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My grandma was a prominent member of my church growing up. She was a Bible study leader, sang solos, was in the choir, led the Wednesday night kid’s program, and the entire church body knew her as a woman of God.

One day in class, she was teaching about honoring Jesus with the things we watch or read, and my cousin asked her why she watched soap operas. She responded with something like, “you’re right, I probably shouldn’t watch those,” and from then on, she never watched another soap opera. That incident has stuck with me all these years. It showed me as a young child that our behavior as Christ followers, even down to the things we watch in our homes, should reflect who we claim to be.

When we invite Christ into our lives, we put off our old sin nature and put on his new nature. What does it mean to put off our old nature?

When Adam and Eve sinned, all humanity was corrupted. Through them, we were born sinners, and when we sin, we are automatically separated from God. That’s why Jesus had to come. He had to break the curse of sin with his life. When we invite him into our lives we are essentially saying, “I am done with my old way of life. I want to take on a new way of life that is filled with Jesus.” The apostle Paul talks about this exchange in his letter to the church in Ephesus:

Ephesians 4:20-24
20 But that isn’t what you learned about Christ. 21 Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, 22 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.

Our lives should look dramatically different from the world around us. People should know we are Christians by our actions. Christ’s love should shine through us in every situation. We have the Spirit of the Living God in us. I’m not saying we will never sin, but our lives need to look different. We are the physical reflection of Christ to a world dying in its sin. If we are not allowing the Spirit to work in our lives, to convict us of sin, and give us the strength to change, we are no different than those dying in the world around us. Paul continues:

Ephesisans 5:6-9
6 Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him. 7 Don’t participate in the things these people do. 8 For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! 9 For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.

You have the Holy Spirit living inside of you. Live like it.

Do those around you know you are a Christ-follower?

What image of Christ are you portraying to those around you?

Are you allowing the Holy Spirit to convict you of sin and striving to conform to the image of Christ?

Next Steps:
Next time you turn on a screen, ask yourself if what you are going to consume reflects the reality of Christ in you. Ask the Holy Spirit to convict you of areas in your life that do not.

Heavenly Father, thank you for sending Jesus to take the  punishment for my sin. Thank you for sending the Holy Spirit to convict me and bring me to repentance. Show me the areas of my life that are not consistent with the powerful name of Christ I claim. Help me live a life that shows the world around me that following Christ is transformative. Amen.

This post was written by Julie Mabus. Julie has a passion for thinking about big ideas, art, reading, and seeing God reveal himself through creation. She is married and is homeschooling her five young children.

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2 replies
  1. Luke Shortridge
    Luke Shortridge says:

    Out of the mouth of babes! One time my very small daughter said “Daddy, will you put down your phone and come play with me?” Ugh! Yes, I will dear!! Thanks for the entry today, Julie! Great stuff!

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