Many have longed for this. "Oh, that others would see Christ in me," but do we know what we're asking for? Are we willing and able to pay the price? (Luke 14:28-30)
Let's not waste time in our attempts to make a difference for the Kingdom in thinking we will be accepted and loved by all. We were warned by Christ Himself we wouldn't be. May that not stop us. That is part of the cost. Obedience shouldn't bow at the feet of our desires to be popular, accepted, or comfortable. Our Master was hated; we will be too. Praise God for the body of Christ, through which we can be encouraged. Praise God for His Word, through which we can be equipped and receive guidance.
When others see Christ in us, they will see uncompromising obedience to the Father, even at the risk of seeming fanatical. They will see compassion for the hurting and an attitude of gratitude. They will see us open our homes to others and our arms, both to give, and comfort others. They will see selflessness. They will see service. They will see love.
Unfortunately, not everyone will interpret it as obedience, compassion, gratitude, service, or selflessness. They will see Christ in us, but they will hate it. Our roots should be continually growing deeper and deeper into God that when the waves of intolerance rage and crash over us, we will be immovable because our Anchor is secure. Praise God for His grace, which is sufficient. We endure. We overcome.
Both of these views people will have of Christ in us have the potential to hinder us or set the sail in our walk with God. If we become proud of how we serve Him, we become self-seeking Christians that bear Christ's name, but not His character, nor His Spirit. Yet, if we remain in Him, and repent of any ungodliness in our lives as we need to, then we can make a sincere difference for the Kingdom of God.
Likewise, the world's skewed view of Christ in us can make us cower away when we experience rejection, mocking, or opposition, but it can also make us draw closer to our Father, Whose grace will help us not only endure, but overcome and continue being His hands and feet.
Our perseverance over either view will reflect our willingness to pay the price. "If you want to be my disciple, you must hate everyone else by comparison..."(Luke 14:26) It has nothing to do with not being physically or emotionally affected by the opposition, but rather, standing firm in our knowledge of God and our mission.
Christ in us. It comes with a price. But a much higher one was paid for you and me. We must pray for one another, that we may continue running the race God set before us.
We no longer belong to the world, nor do we belong to ourselves, but to our Father in Heaven. Yes, may they see Christ in us; whatever the cost.