Image via WikipediaWhen I first thought about becoming a "Christian" or better put, when I first thought about giving my life to God, one of the first things that crossed my mind was "what would people think?" I was worried about what others would say or call me behind my back, or even to my face. I didn't want to be labeled as a "Holy Roller" or some type of "Goodie, Goodie", or even worse "Jesus Freak." I didn't want people to laugh and make fun of me.
I guess a part of me always worried about what people thought of me. What would happen if they didn't want to be around me anymore? What is they stopped talking to me?
So, I thought maybe I would just keep things to myself for awhile. But, somethings I just couldn't hide. I stopped drinking, I no longer wanted to go out to bars. There were a lot of things that I just wasn't interested in doing anymore. My whole attitude started to change. I was becoming the labels that I had dreaded.
But the closer I got to God, the less it mattered. When you give your life to God, you change. Everything changes. Things that were just so important to you aren't anymore. You begin to care less and less about what people think about you. Eventually you don't care at all what people think. You set your sights on things above and see you life here on earth as temporary. You begin to see people through God's eyes. When you give your life to God, you worry less and less about this world and the labels they may give you.
These days I will gladly wear the title of "Jesus Freak", "Holy Roller" or what ever other label one may give me. If that label means that they know Who I follow, and Who I have given my life to, then they can call me anything they want.
Philippians 3:20 (KJV) 20For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: