No shoes, no shirt, no service

That I may shew forth all thy praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion: I will rejoice in thy salvation.; – Psalms 9:14

‘No shoes, no shirt, no service.’ This is the sign gracing the doorways of most common businesses these days. Could you imagine if that sign were actually mistaken as an advertisement, and not as an instruction?

It would appear that ‘this establishment offers no shoes…. it offers no shirts… and it offers no service!’ Who would want to shop in a place like this?

I believe it’s very important that what’s on the inside is clearly communicated on the outside. If this is true, then our lives need to be the greatest advertisement of a Spirit-filled Christian that this world has ever seen!

Do people around us get mixed messages from the ‘sign’ that we wear? Are they seeing the representation of a changed life? Are they hearing words that echo the love of Christ? Is there a warmth and compassion on the inside that is clearly advertised on our face?

In 1 Peter 2:9, Peter reminds us that we ‘are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:’ When we become a billboard for the blessings of God, people will take interest in the wonderful life we have found. The church will be filled. Lives will be changed. God will be pleased!

And speaking of signs, I wonder if we’re displaying all of the signs that God intends for us to be wearing? Jesus said in Mark 16, that specific signs would be evident in the lives of people who believe the Gospel. “In my name,” He said, “shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

How does your sign read today?

Author: Jay Jones

Jay is an author, veteran church planter, speaker, and the pastor of the Pentecostals of Kentwood. He's a passionate worshipper of Jesus Christ, a husband, daddy, pastor, and a ‘pretty good guy’. Jay is also an ordained minister of the United Pentecostal Church, where he currently serves as a Presbyter in West Michigan.

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