A few years ago, a friend gave me one of those Jesus Fish decals for my car. I love it and display it proudly for all to see. I have a feeling that Jesus slyly put the idea of creating such a car decal into someone's head - and probably prodded my friend to buy it for me - because He knew that it would affect my behavior. My driving behavior, to be specific.
I don't think I'm a bad driver (don't ask my husband, though) and I have never experienced road rage, but I do get annoyed with other drivers. Especially those who go too slow. Nothing drives me more crazy than having to follow behind Mr. Poke-a-long. I have been known to tailgate and honk at drivers going the speed limit or less. Come on already! Yes, I know we're supposed to embrace the journey, not the destination, but when I'm just going to the grocery store, there's not much of a journey to embrace!
But that decal has changed things. Because I truly don't want other drivers seeing that decal and thinking "So that's how Christians behave!" I have to be a good example for all Christians everywhere. It's like Jesus is sitting in my backseat and I have to behave All. The. Time.
So, what does that look like? Paul gives us some good guidance in Ephesians 4: Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. (Ephesians 4:2-3)
And Ephesians 4:25-29 tells us So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil. If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need. Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.
These are all good words of advice. If I just keep them in mind at all times, I shouldn't have to worry too much about Jesus sitting there in the back seat.