Lately, I have been challenged for being a Christian. People expect perfection. Yes, I make mistakes. I have no problem saying “I’m sorry” when I’m in the wrong. I have never claimed to be perfect. I am an imperfect being trying my best to live out my life for God.
“Being a Christian doesn’t mean I won’t fall…it means Jesus will catch me when I do…” People forget being a Christian does not mean that we don’t make mistakes. Sometimes the standards people put on us are unreachable. The world or even other Christians are quick to judge. John 7:24 states that we “do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.” The “righteous judgment” is the standards of God. This does not mean we judge others by our own opinions or by our own standards.
One of areas I am struggling with as a Christian is forgiveness. “To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.” (C.S. Lewis) Right now, I have to forgive someone who has hurt me. I am currently struggling with my thoughts and playing the “he/she is wrong, and I am right” game. Being a Christian is not always easy. The Bible tells us we are to forgive others, because God has forgiven us. Luke 11:4 says “we have forgiveness for our sins, as we make free all those who are in debt to us.”
CIRCUMSTANCES DON’T CHANGE ONCE YOUR A CHRISTIAN
Many people think when you become a Christian, your life gets easier. You have no stressful issues or circumstances arise in your life. This mentality could not be any further from the truth. “Being a Christian doesn’t change what you deal with. It changes how you deal with it.” John 16:33 states that “in this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Jesus conquered the world through the cross. In this verse, it declares that we may have trouble BUT we are overcomers through Christ. Being a Christian changes our perspective on how we handle difficult circumstances. We look towards Jesus for the answer and allow Him to give us peace over the matter. We do not let our words and actions look like the world. We are set apart by what we do and what we say.
THOUGHTS TO PONDER
Have you examined your life to see whether or not you are living for God? Does your life reflect who Jesus is? “If you were on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?”
Re-read through these questions above, and evaluate how you live your life. Are you living for God or for the world?