How many times has someone made me feel as if my views on life weren’t “Christian enough” or better yet how many times have people used scriptures in the bible to prove that their beliefs are more righteous than mine? How many times have I heard people preach about love and acceptance yet their hearts are so far from it?
You know what, enough is enough! The time of being a pharisee is over! I’m tired of feeling like I’m following Christians and not actually following Christ. I’m tired of this hypocrisy. I’m tired of seeing the hearts of unbelievers break as quote on quote “Christians” go in on how doing this is wrong and doing that is wrong but yet what they’re doing and how they’re doing it, in itself, is wrong. There are tons of people in the world struggling with their own individual sins but are quicker than Usain Bolt at the Olympics to condemn someone else for theirs.
WE ALL need to remember that it is not the healthy that need a doctor but the sick. We all need to remember that there is no more condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set us free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:1-2). But don’t get me started about the good news because we’ll be here all day! The variable that really made Jesus’ sacrifice so powerful is that he died for us out of love. He threw off all that made him God so that he could take on our filthy sins but yet we somehow forget the love part and just focus on the filthy sins.
Yes, we are set apart and yes, it is true that there are certain doctrines that we as Christians are expected to uphold but being saved doesn’t make us perfect. Being saved gives us grace, it invites us into Jesus’ kingship and it predestines us for eternal life but it DOES NOT mean we are no longer tempted by sins. In fact, now we are taught to die to our sins daily and are told to pick up our cross as we follow Christ. It’s one hundred percent easier said than done but that’s why we welcomed Jesus into our lives, so the impossible can all of a sudden become possible. It is our sinful nature that made us need Christ in the first place so we shouldn’t use the fact that we are now set apart as a way to put ourselves above anyone else.
We are more free now than we were back when we were bound by sin. Accepting Jesus into our lives makes us more able to identify the good gifts that we have been given and helps us now use them to glorify God. Now we are better knowledgeable of who we are in Christ and can be assured that He knows the plans that He has for us (Jeremiah 29:11). We shouldn’t expect to all be one type of Christian because God uses our individual gifts and talents for His will. Jesus had twelve disciples, which means He was surrounded by twelve different personalities and He was constantly aware of at least twelve strengths and twelve weaknesses. But at the end of the day it was eleven that were accepted to be called children of God because of mainly two things, their love for Jesus and their acceptance in the fact that he is without a doubt, their Lord and Savior. If you’re not so loving now, it’s okay because His love is patient and His words will teach you how to love. If you’re not so strong now, it’s okay for His grace is sufficient for you and His strength is made perfect in your weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). If you’re weary and tired of living the life that you’ve come to know so well, it’s okay because His yoke is easy and His burden is light (Matthew 11:30). So if you find yourself being put down by fellow believers because (to them) you appear to be the “heathen in disguise”, check first to see if they’re rebuking you out of love. And if you find yourself saddened with who you are because you don’t match someone else’s description of what a Christian looks like, remember that before He formed you in the womb, He knew you. Before you were born, He set you apart for His Holy purpose. He appointed you to be a prophet to the nations (Jeremiah 1:5). Which means He has a plan that only you can fulfill, so stop trying to please someone else by being someone else. We are all wired differently and should never compare our walk to someone else’s nor should we ostracize someone else’s walk because it doesn’t look like ours. So at the end of the day, just be you. It’s ok, he knew you would be like this 🙂