Whose credibility do we depend on?

“Fellow Israelites, listen carefully to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man thoroughly accredited by God to you—the miracles and wonders and signs that God did through him are common knowledge—this Jesus, following the deliberate and well-thought-out plan of God, was betrayed by men who took the law into their own hands, and was handed over to you. And you pinned him to a cross and killed him. But God untied the death ropes and raised him up. Death was no match for him. David said it all:

   I saw God before me for all time.
      Nothing can shake me; he’s right by my side.
   I’m glad from the inside out, ecstatic;
      I’ve pitched my tent in the land of hope.
   I know you’ll never dump me in Hades;
      I’ll never even smell the stench of death.
   You’ve got my feet on the life-path,
      with your face shining sun-joy all around. Acts 2:22-28 (The Message)

There is a lot said about the credibility of Christian people and communities today, most of it less than complementary. You have heard people talk about the way, people who call themselves Christian, behave toward or talk about others. It is a real issue for people who are not Christian whether Christian people behave in the way they expect Christians to behave. Something of this criticism is certainly valid, in my opinion, and other is simply sour grapes. It is a good thing that Jesus’ credibility in the sight of believers is not dependent on whether or not someone who says they follow him is perfect in the sight of others or not. Jesus is credible because of the miracles, and wonders, and signs that God did as he walked the earth. Those who follow Jesus should follow in his ways but the most important thing is that those who look to what a Christian should be like look to Jesus. Then both those already following, and the onlooker, would know what a Christian should be like if they are to truly be a follower of him.

Lord Jesus, help me to look at you in order to be like you and let all others who look at me today see the reflection of you in me. Amen.