After work today, I decided to stop at a large grocery store.
I was still wearing my identification tag on my shirt.
That’s not a problem really, unless I don’t want to be identified.
As I pushed my cart through the store, I said, “excuse me” to someone that I needed to pass at the end of an aisle.
Seconds later, I heard my name being called.
I turned and it was the man that I had passed by.
He wanted to tell me that there was another woman in the store with my same name.
Evidently, she was wearing an identification tag of some kind, too.
I guess he thought it was rather interesting for that to happen.
As I checked out my groceries, the clerk who rang up the order also called me by name, yet I had not met him before.
He also had read my identification tag.
I began to think about this.
My name is my name no matter how I behave.
If I am wearing an identification tag, others simply read it and determine who I am.
I have no identification to wear to inform others that I am a follower of Jesus, however.
Certainly, I could wear Christian t-shirts with messages or scripture on them, but that doesn’t really prove what I believe.
I could wear jewelry that is associated with Christianity.
Once again, doing that doesn’t really prove anything.
But how I act and what I say gives evidence to who I am and what I believe.
What is my attitude?
What is my tone of voice?
Am I helpful are hurtful?
Selfish or giving?
Loving or cold?
John 13:35 reads,
“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
If I love others in the way that Jesus wants me to, people will take notice.
They may stop me in a hallway just to ask about my faith.
When someone is hurting, they may ask for prayer—
IF I love others the way Jesus wants me to.
Here’s the question:
Do other people see me and identify me as a follower of Jesus?