Before I became a Christian, I knew next to nothing about God. Almost everything I “knew” about Christ came from watching television and movies. Movies where Catholic mobster’s murdered people and committed horrendous crimes six days a week only to confess and be forgiven on the seventh day, to do it all again the following week. Other than that, the only real connection I had with a Christian was a co-worker who went to church but didn’t appear to be living any differently than me.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned as a Christian, it’s that there are no truly unique circumstances. The saying goes, “If one person has a question, someone else probably does too.” The same is true for everything else. If I’m having a problem with “X,” someone else has had the same problem. Thus, if I had a skewed perception of Christianity, and by association, God, before I was saved, then so do other people. 

Today I was reading through Ezekiel when I encountered this verse.

I had concern for my holy name, which the people of Israel profaned among the nations where they had gone.

Ezekiel 36:21 (NIV)

This verse caught my attention for two reasons. First, I highlighted it last year around this time. The second reason this verse caught my attention was that all I did last year was highlight it. I didn’t write any notes within my Bible application, and I didn’t write about it anywhere else. While this isn’t entirely unusual, I can typically remember why I highlighted something. As I moved on in my reading, I wondered, “Why did I highlight that verse?” 

In Ezekiel 36, the Lord speaks through Ezekiel and promises the Israelites that he will restore them to their home. It’s been about twenty years since they’ve been in exile in Babylon, and they still had fifty more years to go before they would return. Before the Lord restores the Israelites, he has to make a few things clear to them. One of those things is that He’s not bringing them back because of any good things they’ve done. Another reason is what we see in Ezekiel 36:21. God was concerned about his reputation amongst the nations because of how the Israelites behaved. 

This is why it’s critical that we, as Christians, carry ourselves in a Christ-like manner. In Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, he gave them this exhortation. 

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God (emphasis added).

2 Corinthians 5:20 (NIV)

You might not tell others about Jesus, but you do something more in your speech and actions. You show them Christ’s impact on your life. If they look at you and how you behave and don’t see the difference Jesus makes in your life, why would they want to know him? What is the point? Note that I didn’t say that your life looks different. We say that our lives should look different because we are saved, but we all have the same problems (Christian and non-Christian alike). It’s not the measure of our difficulties but how we respond to them that differentiates Christians from non-Christians. 

I know a lot of Christians have difficulty sharing their faith. Some think they need to be pastors or preachers to tell others about Jesus, and I get it. I’m not one of those people God has called to stand on a corner waving a sign that says, “Jesus Saves!” but that’s okay. We all have our individual assignments given to us by God that he has prepared in advance for us to do. However, be encouraged that the best way you can witness to others is by living the best life in Christ that you can because your living witness before the Lost demonstrates the most authentic testimony of what Jesus has done in you.