Everyday, thousands of people pass by our church. I wonder what they say? Everyday, thousands of people pass in front of our home. They know the foreigners live here. I wonder what they say. I wonder what our neighbors say to each other when we are not around. I wonder what they say when we pass by their shops.
We carry His name on us, so what they think of us will also impact their thoughts of God.
Jerusalem. Mount Zion. The city where God chose to place His name.
Psalm 48:2 "Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King."
As people thought of Jerusalem, so were their thoughts of God. At the time this was written, people had a respect of God. They feared Him. As enemies or outsiders passed by, they would hasten their steps. They knew God was with the people of Jerusalem.
Psalm 48:4-6 "For, lo, the kings were assembled, they passed by together. They saw it, and so they marvelled; they were troubled, and hasted away. Fear took hold upon them there, and pain, as of a woman in travail."
We are Christians. Jesus's name is attached to us. People know it. But what makes a difference is when they know we have been with Him and He is with us.
Acts 4:12-13 "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus."
When people pass by us, do they fear and have respect because of our God? Have we carried the name of Christ in such a manner that they have something to respect? Are we spending time with Jesus so that His holy scent permeates our lives and His power is clearly seen working and moving in and through us? Are we living in such a way that people see Jesus and not us?
As people passed by Jerusalem, they weren't afraid of the military might. They were petrified of the fact that God was there and He was with His people. What do they see when they pass by me?