I was talking with my son this morning about the basic beliefs of Christianity. The conversation got started because we were kindly talking about a friend of his that thinks he’s a Christian. I told him he should gently and respectfully challenge his friend with the fact that he can know he’s a Christian, not just think he’s one. It was a delight to review the fundamentals of faith with my maturing 17 year-old by… running to find some legos. You’re never too old to play with legos, especially when they illustrate the beautiful simplicity of the gospel. Here is a review of the familiar “Colors of Salvation” method of sharing one’s faith, usually portrayed with a beaded bracelet:
GOLD–Gold represents God’s holiness, God’s untainted perfection. His holiness cannot tolerate sin.
BLACK–Black represents sin. Humans are born in sin; thus, man cannot reach God on his own–no matter how hard he tries.
RED– Red represents God’s love found in Christ’s blood. Jesus, the perfect God-man paid the price for every sin when He was nailed to the cross.
WHITE–White represents the forgiveness of sin. When man confesses his sin and believes in the truth of Christ’s death and resurrection, he can then stand fully forgiven in the presence of God.
BLUE–Blue represents the Holy Spirit living inside of man… an amazing thought… when turned to action, will change one’s life…
GREEN– Green represents growth. Because of the Holy Spirit’s indwelling, man has the ability to understand and obey God’s word. A beautiful relationship begins…that will last forever.
I think many people “casually” believe in the concept of the first four colors (gold, black, red, and white). First of all, can someone really be casual in their belief?? If so, I think that’s why this person may never experience a life marked by all of God’s “colors.” He misses out in knowing that he has the capacity to house the living God in his own soul (blue). And he doesn’t get to experience the awesome reality that he can talk to Him and walk with Him each and every day (green)?
I challenge you, as I did my son, (and myself!), to share your faith with a friend sometime in the near future. Who has God put on your heart while reading this?
But how can people call for help if they don’t know who to trust? And how can they know who to trust if they haven’t heard of the One who can be trusted? And how can they hear if nobody tells them? And how is anyone going to tell them unless someone is sent to do it? That’s why Scripture exclaims. “A sight to take your breath away! Grand processions of people telling all the good things of God!” Romans 10:14-15, The Message
May your life and mine, and the friends we tell, be lives that are marked by His true colors.