People are funny. Aren’t they? They say some really funny things. I have an austrailian friend who likes to say “Good on you”. And another Australian friend that greets me by saying, “Hey Mate”. And yet another friend from Korea that would occasionaly say thank you in Korean–“gamsahabnida”. These guys are unique and have different backgrounds and experiences than me. Yet, there is something about the way that they talk that identifies them.
Having grown up in New York, just outside of Queens, I got used to people calling me Peeta… Yes… they would say it just like the character from the Hunger Games… It was a thick accent. And anytime I hear someone call me Peta now, I know immedaitely where they are from. Their is no hiding it. It brings me right back…
And the same goes to all of you saying, “Ya’ll”. We know where you’re from too… There is no hiding from that one! You can’t deny it.
People are identified by their behavior & speech.
It tells us something about your past. It tells us something about your present. And sometimes it even tells us something about your future. There are times when even a persons attitude gives you an inclination of where they are from. Ever met anyone from Philly?
Christ followers should also be identified by their speech and behavior. Jesus says,
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.
When Peter was in the midst of denying Jesus for the third time, some people around him said, “even the way that you talk gives you away.” Basically, we can tell you’ve been with Jesus. You talk like Him!
What does your attitude say about you? What do you sound like? When you speak, can people tell that you follow Jesus? I wish that people were able to identify me as a follower of Jesus simply because of the way that I talk. Or that they would know my love for my savior because of the love that I have for my wife and kids. Imagine what it would be like to be known as a follower of Jesus because of the way that you care for the poor, and the hurting.
People are watching. They are investigating, trying to figure out who you are and what you’re about. Let’s live, speak and act in a way that points people to Jesus.