In the last post we looked at the importance of being set apart and different from our broken world. In this post we want to talk about the value of being the same as those we are attempting to reach. That idea might raise a big question mark for some of us! I’ll use another example from fly fishing to illustrate.

I am a fly fisherman. In tying (creating) a fly, I’ve learned to include some flash or color to get the fish’s attention. In the same way, God’s people are meant to get the world’s attention through our exemplary lives. We want to hear from you! Would you take a 4-minute survey to give me feedback on my blog? Thank you. 

Some of us remember a time when we were trained in a style of evangelism that was technique-driven and, at times, even gimmick-filled, to “get the job done.” It can be like fishing with a bare hook, the only goal being to snag something. We want to hear from you! Would you take a 5-minute survey to give me feedback on my blog? Thank you. 

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While the beautiful front side of a tapestry reveals the hard work and clarity of a design that would not exist without the diverse and colorful difference of the contrasting threads, the backside of a tapestry reveals to us that God’s people are always a work in progress.

While community is displayed clearly as God’s design in the Scriptures, there is no doubt that life together with others is messy. It’s the work of God to weave us together in unity.

As beautiful as the structure and color of an individual thread is, it is much more beautiful when woven with other threads into a tapestry. In the same way, we settle for much less when we try and go at it alone within the Christian life.

The Christian life was never meant to be lived in isolation. Our American mindset values rugged individualism, but the Scriptures reveal to us something more beautiful. Have you ever considered a beautiful tapestry? All the varied colored yarn that came together to create that design.

In my previous post, we looked at “Three Proofs of Life” that show we are alive spiritually.

  1. We are children of God through faith in Jesus Christ.
  2. We have the indwelling Spirit, working and transforming our lives.
  3. The fruit of the Spirit is evident in our thoughts, words, and behavior.

I enjoy action films—where things blow up, kidnappings happen, and heroic rescues win the day! That’s where I learned the phrase “proof of life.” So how does this relate to our current series on living a powerful, full life in Christ?