293. Enough Evidence?

“We had a couple over for dinner last night,” Stan began.

“Good time?” I asked.

“Very much so,” Stan replied.  “Nice Christian couple.”

“Did you talk about anything interesting?” I asked.

“One thing we talked about,” Stan responded, “was that the wife had just finished jury duty on a trial that concerned a charged of driving under the influence of intoxicants. She didn’t give a lot of details, but did say that the jury concluded there was not enough evidence to convict.”

“Interesting,” I responded, “I thought that kind of case was pretty much open and shut.”

“Guess not,” Stan said, “but what she said led us into a discussion of whether of not there is enough evidence to convict each one of us of being a Christian.”

“Convicted of being a Christian?” I responded.  “Has it come to that?”

“Not completely in the persecution sense,” Stan said, “but it is always a question for me in the sense of whether or not I am living the Christian life God intends.”

“When I first became a Christian,” Stan continued, “there were a number of things in my life that didn’t belong in the life of one proclaiming to be a Christian.  It all boiled down to the question of whether I was going to get rid of those things and walk in a manner worthy of being called a Christian, or was I going to continue in a lifestyle that presented insufficient evidence to be convicted of being a Christian.”

“It was a big question I had to answer then,” Stan said, “and every single day the Holy Spirit raises the same question of what evidence I am presenting to the watching world.”

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Walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.  Colossians 1:10.

Prayer;  Thank you, Lord, that you have placed in me the Holy Spirit to guide and guard me in my walk with you, wanting to lead me to living the life you intend.  I confess that too many times in my life there has been and is insufficient evidence of being the Christian you intend.  Please forgive me for all of that.  And please lead me, and help me to follow, in being only who you intend in every instance, manifesting the Risen Christ for all to see.  Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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