A small boy was walking along the beach when he saw a woman sitting alone under a beach umbrella. He walked up to her and asked, “Are you a Christian?” “Yes I am,” she answered. “Do you read the Bible every day?” Puzzled, she nodded her head, “Yes.” “Do you pray very often?” the boy asked. And again she said, “Yes.” With that the boy asked his final question: “Will you hold my wallet while I go swimming?” Obviously, he felt safe with her because she was a Christian and that is what trust will do: it makes us feel secure.
To be a Christian is more than having a title: It is a lifestyle of trust and honesty. Anyone who calls himself a Christian must be honest and trustworthy, because he exemplifies the character of Jesus Christ. Truth is solid. It is the same always.
There is a story of a man who came to his old friend, a music teacher, and said to him, “What is the good news today?” The old music teacher was silent as he stood up and walked across the room, picked up a hammer, then struck a tuning fork. As the fork sounded out the note throughout the room, he said, “That is A. It is A today, it was A five thousand years ago, and it will be A ten thousand years from now. The soprano upstairs sings off-key, the tenor across the hall flats on his high notes, and the piano downstairs is out of tune.” He struck the tuning fork again and said, “That is A, my friend, and that’s the good news for today.”
There is trust in truth; it is accurate, dependable, and unfailing. Maybe you know someone who calls himself a Christian but is dishonest. That is an oxymoron. Christ, which is where we derive the name Christian, is truth. He doesn’t have truth, He is truth.
When a person becomes a Christian, Christ lives on the inside of him and his character becomes likeminded: old attitudes pass away and everything becomes new like Christ’s. This is solid evidence of a Christian. How can you know fool’s gold from solid gold? By acid testing! And in the same way a Christian must be tested: is he honest or dishonest? It doesn’t matter if a person is a president or a pauper, he can be known by his words and character. Personally, if a person identifies himself as a Christian I pay much attention to what he says and what he does; because, the nature of a Christian is consistent across the board.
If you are driving down the highway and encounter a sign that reads, “Sharp Curve Ahead,” you have a choice to make. You can slow down or you can ignore the sign and maintain your rate of speed. Whatever choice you make you will not change the truth of the sign. The curve remains sharp and dangerous. The outcome will be largely determined by what you decide to do. If you make a decision based on honesty you will be kept safe and secure, but if you make a decision based on untruth you will suffer and experience much trouble. So, know the truth, trust it, and live in peace. You can find out more online at www.JoyChristianMinistries.com.
Pastor J.C. Myers, III
Pastor J.C. founded Joy Christian Ministries in 1992. He was Sr. Pastor at Joy Christian Ministries in West Sacramento, California from 1992-2016. He was succeeded by his 2nd son, Pastor Brandon Myers who had been under his father's ministry and teaching for 39 years.