“Why should I take what Jesus says seriously when Christians don’t?"
It’s not hard to image an unbeliever saying this. Christians insist unbelievers come to Jesus, to place their faith in Him, to take what he says seriously, and follow him. But why should they if Jesus-followers don’t do this? Why should lost people take what Jesus says seriously if Christians don’t? It’s a valid point.
The moral purity of your life matters! Your character matters. Your language matters. Your attitudes matter. If a lost person looks at your life and sees little difference between it and the lives of other unbelievers, why would they want what you’re offering them?
It is this difference that was a key ingredient to the spread of the gospel. In the Epistle to Diognetus, from the 2nd century, the author observes: “Christians share their meals, but not their sexual partners.” The author goes on to note several differences he sees between the conduct of Christians and non-Christians. There was a marked difference between the two and God used it to cause the rapid spread of Christianity throughout the Mediterranean region.
Does your life reflect you really do take seriously what Jesus says? Don’t underestimate the influential power of this.