Attractive Christianity

W. Terry Varner
October 11, 2015

Nothing attracts like attractiveness. This is true in so many areas of life. Individuals and sales people put much thought, effort, time, money, etc., into making a product attractive to others. Inspiration states, “Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ” (Philip. 1:27). Consider our political parties in America—each tries be to be more attractive than the others. Their advertising, slogans, and conventions are filled with attractiveness. Sometimes, if I may express a personal opinion, there is no substance with their attractiveness.

Satan used attractiveness with Eve. “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food . . . she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat” (Gen. 3:6). God uses appeal to sinners with the crucifixion of Jesus. “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Me” (John 12:32). Stop, think, and reflect—if God makes Christianity attractive, then each Christian is to live the life of Christianity with attractiveness.

God Works Makes Christianity Attractive. Some deny the importance of the Christian’s works, but fail to understand the Scriptures. “Having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation” (1 Peter 2:12; cf. Matt. 5:16). When we think of the needs and opportunities around us there is little reason for the Christian not to make their Christian life attractive. Remember, “faith without works is dead” (James 2:26).

Love Makes Christianity Attractive. Jesus said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this shall men know that you are My disciples, if you have love one to another” (John 13:34-35). Bitterness, strife, hatred, and continual bickering ant6ng ourselves does not make Christianity attractive to others and certainly does not please God. Neither does indifference or a “ho-hum” attitude make Christianity attractive and appealing to others. Tragedy occurs on this Earth when the love of Christ is demonstrated by His children with coldness and indifference. The windows of heaven are opened when we can learn and practice deeply that “we love Him, because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19).

Our Speech Makes Christianity Attractive: Consider, “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one” (Col. 4:6). At the circus we admire and are amazed at the animals who respond to their trainer’s commands to perform great feats. James reminds us: “For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is trained, and has been tamed by mankind” (James 3:7). Of our speech, James states: “But the tongue no man can tame” (James 3:8).

Our Peace of Mind Makes Christianity Attractive. The peace of mind or the inner mind is the quest for all men. Paul writes: “the peace of God, which passes all understanding. . . . [comes from] those things which you have learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do: and the God of peace shall be with you” (Philip. 4:7, 9). One of the best definitions of peace of mind is: “Life at its best.” When I am at peace with God and with myself, can life really be any better? Nothing is greater than to enjoy the peace of mind that passes all understanding.

How are you living your Christianity? Is it attractive to God, as well as, attractive to those outside of Christ? Make it so and please God.