June 12, 2017

Be Like Christ

By: Hannah Beaven [Newburgh, IA]

In the movie God’s Not Dead, Josh Wheaton is a college student enrolled in a philosophy class.

Josh’s professor is a committed atheist and requires every student in his class to sign a paper stating, “God is dead.” Josh, however, is a devoted Christian and doesn’t want to deny his faith.

“Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.”
Matthew 10:32–33 (NIV)

The professor challenges Josh to a debate with the class. To receive a passing grade, Josh must prove that God is not dead; or he can avoid the risky argument altogether by signing the paper. Many of his friends and family encourage Josh to sign the paper, complete the required course, and move on.

While at the campus church, praying for guidance, Josh meets the pastor. Upon hearing Josh’s dilemma, the pastor offers this advice: “How many people in your class would ever set foot in a church? You may be the only meaningful exposure to God and Jesus they’ll ever have.”

REFLECT: What would you have done in Josh’s situation? We are called to embody Christ’s love in our attitudes, words, and actions. As we do, God speaks and works through us to reach those who long to know that God is alive. To whom will you show the love of Christ this week?


Who in your life reflects the image of God? How do you think others see God in you?


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