First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world. Romans 1:8
Right after Paul opens his letter to the Romans, he says that he thanks God for them. Wherever he is going, he is hearing good reports about the church in Rome. They were being reported as being full of faith in God.
People love to talk about other people. No matter who a person is, there is usually someone who will talk about that person. The thing that people talk about is what makes the person different or what that person is doing that is out of the ordinary.
At times there is big news about a person who helps the poor out or gives out millions of dollars to a charity. While this does happen, it is not a common piece of news to hear about.
What is more common is hearing about what a person is doing wrong. When a celebrity gets in trouble or does something wrong, it is big news. When a politician makes an unwelcome decision, it is big news. When a co-worker or neighbor is in trouble, it is big news.
While it may not make headline news, each person is talked about by someone else a lot. People in the church will talk about others in the church–how a person is living for God or not living for God.
The real question comes down to what are people saying about an individual. Are they talking more about something good or something negative?
The best thing that people can talk about, when talking about a believer, is how much faith he has in God. This shows the world how much a person is really believing in God. It puts reality to his words, if he is living a life of faith in God. It is different and people will talk.
When other people see you, what do they see? Whatever they see is what they will talk about. They will report what they are seeing in your life and actions. Your words and actions must match up.
A person who has faith in God will stand out as very different in this world, even inside the church, thus people will talk and spread the report.
Can people report that they see you have faith in God?
Or are you just like everyone else?
I pray today that you will have faith in God; that you will live a life of faith in God; that the world will report of your faith in God; and that many will know of Jesus because of you.