7 Little-Known Factors That Could Get You Arrested

Encouragement to Christian Women, Encouraging Christian Women, Encourage Christian Women, Encouragement to Women, Encourage Women, Christian women blog I once had the greatest fridge magnet. Every time my eyes happened to catch its poignant message, I was forced to reevaluate my life; my walk with God; my priorities; my witness.

This is what it simply stated:

If you were arrested for being a Christian

would there be enough evidence to convict you?

OUCH!

Hidden behind those convicting words, the following messages followed closely:

  1. How much do you talk about God in your daily conversation with people?
  2. Do most of the books that you read have the Lord at the heart of their communication?
  3. Is the music you listen to mostly God-glorifying or secular?
  4. Do you walk more in the Spirit or more in the Flesh?
  5. Do you have a string of broken relationships with people in your life, or does your life reflect peace with those close to you?
  6. Are the majority of your friends believers, or non-believers?
  7. Do you regularly attend a congregation and/or fellowship around Bible study, or are book clubs, fundraisers to save dolphins, and scrapbooking get-togethers the extent of your interests?

Some ways to examine yourself

There is nothing wrong with listening to your favourite love song from yesteryear, having some non-believing contacts, or attending a scrapbooking group (that actually sounds like a lot of fun! :-)).

However my beloved reader –

  • If God is not visibly at the centre of your life
  • If He is not coming up naturally in your conversation
  • If He is not the One that you have in common with those around you
  • If reading and studying His Word is not right up there on your priority list

I am not convinced that there would be enough evidence to convict you of being a Christian.

Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves.

2 Corinthians 13:5

Evaluation must lead to practical change

It is so easy to look around us, and to examine others. The Bible wisely instructs us to examine ourselves (click here to tweet that).

I’d like to challenge you to use the points stated in this post to take three actions:

  1. Evaluate your life in practical terms.
  2. Repent for the ways that you have chosen worldliness over godliness.
  3. Determine to make some changes that would draw your heart closer to the Lord, and that these would be reflected in your life.

I invite you to share one practical change that you need to make in order to get yourself arrested :-)

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27 Responses to 7 Little-Known Factors That Could Get You Arrested

  1. I’ve heard of that question before and it floored me as well. Scripture talks about our good works adorning the gospel. I think too often we feel comfortable doing only the good works and think that’s enough. But they merely ADORN the gospel, they are not the gospel. Unbelievers still must hear the gospel. That’s what’s convicting to me. Am I merely just trying to be a nice guy in hopes that that does something? Or am I really evangelizing?

    • womenabiding says:

      Thanks for your insight, Loren! The true motives of our hearts can only been known and seen by the Lord, but good works are fruit in our lives, of the Lord’s sanctification and a living Spirit! Appreciate your input as always…

  2. These are such good questions to ask ourselves as we examine our own hearts! Thank you for proclaiming truth – even though it’s hard for some to read!

  3. Mikah says:

    Have you ever heard the testimony of a teenage boy who, in a near death experience, dreamed that he was in a room filing cabinets? Each cabinet was filled with all of the things he had ever said, organized by topic. He finally found the folder for conversations about God and it was the smallest folder in the room. When he awoke, he determined to change that.
    Your post reminds me a lot of that story. I have recently been convicted of what I have been watching on the television. Sometimes I just want to throw away the TV because there are so few wholesome and glorifying things on air now. But my flesh continues to convince me that I need input at all times.
    Bless you and thank you for sharing this post.

    • womenabiding says:

      Hi Mikah (beautiful name!)… No, I hadn’t heard that story. Thank you for being so open and honest with what the Lord is convicting you to do. May we all be sensitive to His Holy Spirit, and heed even it’s hard… God bless you!

  4. Jennifer says:

    Ouch is right. I remember a song from my childhood with those words. We do have to continue to examine ourselves.

  5. Kelly says:

    Thank you for this uplifting post. Food for thought.

  6. Thank you for this post – it really hit home for me.

  7. Laura says:

    Great questions!

  8. Pamela says:

    Excellent and convicting questions. I will copy them into my journal to remind myself. I want to be convicted.

    • womenabiding says:

      Hi Pamela… I know what you mean. I love being challenged and convicted! I need to know that God is sanctifying me and that I’m walking in His ways. Thank you so much for your comment. God bless you…

  9. Jen says:

    I am following the pastor in Iran who is being prosecuted this week. Your post makes me think of my faith & how I want there to be enough evidence that Christ is in me & that I am His child….enough so that, yes, I too, would be arrested in Christianity were illegal!

    Thank for UNITING!
    Jen

    • womenabiding says:

      Hi Jen! I know… we just don’t appreciate the freedom that we have as believers in the first world countries in which we live! However, we do indeed need to live our lives radically different to those around us who are with no hope! Those being persecuted are definitely doing something right! Blessings and thanks so much for your comment…

  10. Laura says:

    This is good food for thought. I am reading Teresa of Avila’s Interior Castle right now and she repeatedly urges her readers to know themselves. Self-examination is a valuable tool that can lead us deeper with God.

    • womenabiding says:

      I agree, Laura! The Lord wouldn’t have taken the initiative to mention it several times. It’s a positive thing, indeed helps us to draw closer to our King! So definitely a worthwhile exercise! :-)

  11. Great reminders! I’m glad I found you at MercyINK!

  12. Jelli says:

    What a great post! Not at all what I expected from the title you linked up with me, but so much better! (I’m assuming that was the point :) Great magnet phrase. I think I’ll have to remember that one and share it with our youth group this weekend. Definitely makes you sit down and think. Thanks so much for sharing with the Mommy-Brain Mixer this week.

    • womenabiding says:

      Thanks so much for your kind words. I’m delighted to hear that this post was a blessing to you, and that you will pass something on from it! Always excited to see a comment from you, Jelli! :-)

  13. I love this post. And what a convicting statement! Just thought I would tell you that I am featuring this post tomorrow at Matrimonial Monday. Glad you shared it!

  14. Wow this definitely makes me stop and think. Thanks for sharing it.

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