My Pointe of View

My thoughts on God, Life, and Dance

What’s Your Sign?

Written By: jamieu - Feb• 12•12

I was driving down the road a few weeks ago and literally started laughing out loud. Standing there on the corner was a poor guy (or girl, I really could not tell) completely covered in a cardboard sign advertising, “We buy gold!!”. When I say completely covered I mean this thing covered the entire top half of his body on both sides with only a little slit cut out for his eyes. I snapped a not so great picture of him as I was driving by to share with you. Here in Jacksonville we have had this advertising trend going on for a few years. Businesses take a person, put them in a silly costume, slap a sign in their hands and have them stand on the street to attract customers (or cause car accidents….). I am not sure if other cities have this great scheme as well, but you cannot drive anywhere here in good old J-Ville without seeing multiple “sign people”.

One of the entertaining aspects of the “sign people” is to take note of their personalities. Some of them are super enthusiastic – dancing to whatever is pumping though their ipod, flipping their sign and throwing down some crazy dance moves. You can tell that they either REALLY love their job or are choosing to make the best out of their situation. Others are not so thrilled – they stand there with their sad little elf hat on, texting, while their sign is propped up against their leg. You know that they would rather be doing just about anything else (and can you blame them?).

My recent study on the “sign people” got me thinking. Weather we realize it or not we all carry around a sign every day. How we live our lives, the things we say, how we spend our time, are all advertisements of who we are and what we believe. What does your “sign” say about you? Matthew 17 says,

 15 “Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. 16 You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit.”

 

If you are a follower of Christ your life should be a shiny reflection of Jesus and how he lived his life on earth. When people know that you are a Christian they automatically begin to examine your life a little more closely (even if they are unaware that they are doing it). They want to see if the fruit of your life matches up with what you claim to believe. Because we are human we are going to blow it sometimes – no question about that, but how do you handle yourself when you do? Are you humble enough to admit it or do you simply find some way to justify your actions? Walking in love and humility speaks volumes to people and the “sign” that you carry will point them to Jesus.

Here is another thought. Are there people in your life that do not even know that you are a Christian? You know, those people who would give you such a hard time at work if they knew that you did not believe in sex before marriage (the ones you have to listen to droning on and on about their weekend escapades). Do you sit there and laugh at their jokes pretending that your “sign” is the same as theirs. Are you wearing the costume of the world with your “Christianity” sign carelessly propped up against your leg?

Trust me when I say that this is something that I have to continually check in my life. It is easy to say but not always so easy to do. We all want to be liked, we all want to fit in. I encourage you to pray and ask the Lord to show you the places in your life where the fruit you are producing is not what it should be. You do not have to stand on the corner screaming the gospel for people to see Jesus in you. When we are producing Godly fruit they will know that you are different, they will see the light inside of you and God will begin to open the door for you to share your faith with them.

When it starts to feel tough open your Bible and read the stories of Jesus’ ministry. People were continually throwing false accusations at Him, plotting against Him, trying to trip Him up. Yet, Jesus continued to love them to the point of asking God to forgive them while he was being tortured for OUR sins on the cross. Sort of makes that annoying boss not seem like such a big deal now. The exciting thing is that if you have accepted Jesus into your life He lives in you. Ask Him to show you how to love like He did and I promise you He will.

So……what’s your sign?

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