I’ve always said that perception trumps reality. It doesn’t matter what the truth may be, if our projected image doesn’t back it up. And the bible tells us that we shall be known by our fruits – it’s the basic underlying principle that lifted up the widow who emptied her purse against the rich man who gave so much, but only a tiny portion of what he had.

As Christians it’s easy to think that we need to blend in to our surroundings, in order that we can maintain our witness, and maintain that opportunity to witness to others.

In my truck driving jobs I was routinely ostracised by my colleagues, and managers, when I stuck rigidly to speed limits. However, sometimes, I’d found myself alone with a driver and they regularly told me how much respect they had for me, but knew they couldn’t never drive the same way. They wanted to, but didn’t have the courage to do so because of the other drivers (who also, generally, wanted to drive legally too).

I randomly met one of those drivers, quite a few years later. My boss had followed my following career change – setting up a high street shop – with obvious pride for one of ‘his’ former drivers. He would speak of me often, and it seems there was no small amount of pride at what I had gone on to do.

If there was a line up of people in your workplace, would you be picked out as being a Christian? Or would that finger move on to somebody else, and skip over you, because you were too silent and hidden about your love for Jesus Christ?

We don’t have to go around with a large bible, holding loud prayer meetings on our lunch breaks – that isn’t a good strategy to endear people towards you! But we should be obviously Christian through our actions.

In our workplace, our professionalism should shine out because of our faith. Does your faith stand out enough to be seen through your work ethic?

Actions matter, because that is how people judge us. The bible even tells us that we will be known by our fruit (what we are seen to do).

So be careful what people see of you!! Do be authentic. But, never hide your love for Jesus – you can’t possibly know who needs that most, next. When they have a need, will they know that they can be safe to turn to you?

Just a thought…

Andy B

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So another Andy B 2 Minute Video. And this one was an inspiration from a private conversation I was having with Alan, a lovely Scottish man who writes for Devotional Treasures, his blog.

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Now, as people we come across in all sorts of different ways. People will perceive certain things. They'll see certain realities. Certain things that are true will be perceptions. Certain perceptions will be true. And this is how we go through life. We are always projecting something of who we are. And, sometimes, that can be real and true. And sometimes it can be a little bit fake. But that's what happens in life.

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I know that personally, I'm very, very comfortable around delivery drivers, or people who work in, kind of, manual skill kind of labour areas, because that's where I spent a lot of my time. So I'm quite relaxed and very normal and natural around people like that. People wonder why they talk to me. Well, I just listen and I talk their language. I'm not projecting something I'm not, I'm being myself.

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In your life as a Christian, how transparent is your faith?

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Do you project an image of well, yes, I do like God. And I do think church can be important, but it's not that big a deal. In order that you can not have to hard a time at work. And maybe get that promotion that you really, really want. Or, perhaps, you want to be asked to do a particular things so you think 'Well, I'll just I'll fly below the radar and they'll never notice'.

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How transparent are you and your faith? How obvious is it that you actually are a Jesus loving disciple? Do you hide that? Are you honest about it? If if people were you know, there was a line up, and people were asked at their workplace, who were the Christians, would you have a big light and arrows pointing at you, 'This is a Christian'.

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Let's never be afraid of our faith!

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Just watching something about the Second World War and the Allied Forces finding some of the extermination camps of the Jews. And when you track back a little bit in tim', one of the things they did is 'Well Jews are very obvious to spot' and there were posters 'Find a Jew', 'Spot a Jew', Report a Jew', and, well, it was kind of obvious what they looked like. And actually that was how they were so often targeted and tracked.

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You read Hiding Place, you realise that some Jews were so obviously Jewish that they were really hard to hide. Corrie Ten Boom didn't care. She loved the people.

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Are you hiding your faith? Are you transparent about it? Do people know you're a Christian?

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You haven't got to go around bashing them over the head with a Bibl. But, actually, we are supposed to stand out and look different, and to behave different.

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Perhaps it's time for you to be a bit more obvious, and I'd be more honest about your faith.

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Just a thought.

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  1. Alan Kearns

    05/07/2022 at 20:44

    I smiled my way through this one Andy, nodding at every word…Great stuff brother. I can’t wait until you read Friday’s Devotional Treasure; we will have a job convincing folk we haven’t collaborated I think. Praise God for His Holy Spirit guiding writers in different places to tell His message.

    • BerryBunch.family

      05/07/2022 at 21:29

      Always encouraging to get such an agreement to the words you write.

      Yes, I am certainly looking forward to your Thursday and your Friday post this week.

      I live how the Hony Spirit guides to creating something that meshes together so we’ll. I’m eager to see what you wrote now!

      Andy B

  2. davidsdailydose

    06/07/2022 at 12:11

    This is powerful stuff, brother. As our friend Alan would say, “I am a wee bit convicted.”

    The reality is we are the only Jesus that some will ever see—meaning Christ in us is what others should see. 🙏Heavenly Father, may I be more transparent in my faith. Amen.

    • BerryBunch.family

      06/07/2022 at 12:52

      Thanks for these encouraging words (especially since you’re so very busy at this time!). It means a lot!

      This one really struck a chord within me too.

      Amen to your prayer!!

      Reyner (?-not sure how to type his name – The Devotional Guy) has used a quote, a few times, about us possibly being the only bible people may ever read.

      Your reference is the same sort of thing…that we need to make our lives count. Not by unecessarily-offensively, or stresffuly, shouting about Jesus, but by letting His fragrance ooze out of our every pore so that he remains even as we leave a room.

      Oh Lord let us be good ambassadors for you: Amen.

      Andy B

      • davidsdailydose

        06/07/2022 at 15:31

        Summer school finished up on June 30, so the wife and I are both off for a little over a month—before school starts in the fall.

        The guy you are talking about is Rainer (pronounced Rye-ner—like rye bread. He lives in the Dallas Texas area and runs a homeless shelter.

        • BerryBunch.family

          06/07/2022 at 15:47

          School finishes over here in a few weeks I think (don’t keep a very good handle on that since we home educate)

          Jo loves the school holiday as her journeys to work are SO much less stressful and problematic

          I used to love school holidays a trucker too…the roads suddenly emptied themselves

          Andy B

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