I’m Not Christian Enough? Maybe to some, but not to Jesus.
The leech has two daughters—Give and Give! There are three things that are never satisfied, Four never say, “Enough!” (Proverbs 30:15 NKJV).
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone (Matthew 23:23).
I’ve been thinking a bit lately about a particular seed I see taking hold within the Church in which we are not “Christian enough” unless we are exhibiting how Christian we are with “stuff”. Christianity has somehow become synonymous through showcasing our faith – such as having bumper stickers on our cars, coffee mugs, purses, tote bags, apparel, Scriptures taped, etched, sewn, embossed on all of our stuff, as well as our language. It would appear the more “Christian” stuff we have on display, the more self-righteous and pious we believe we are. This line of thought affords us the opportunity to judge others based on their outward display of their “Christianity”. None of this is really important in the grand design, nor is it Biblical; our outward display of Christianity should be how we live our lives and interact with others, not how righteous we appear with our stuff. Papa knows the heart.
By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another (John 13:35).
How much love do we have for others, believer and non-believer, if we are nit-picking the outward display of faith based on how we perceive it should be? How can we expect non-believers to behave like believers when they are not? How is comparing ourselves to others advancing the kingdom of God in any way? Our faith should be highlighted and underscored by our behavior, by our demeanor and by our relationships, structured and punctuated with love. We should never consider ourselves better than others based on how many ichthys fish, crosses, Scripture references, faith-based apparel they either have or don’t have. Ever. To behave such as this is a shallow faith, and an outward one only.
Our adversary would have us think our relationship is tied to our outward appearance of Christianity. This is religious thinking and we have been given the tools to break free from these destructive thoughts. Religious thinking teaches we are not enough unless we have this, this and this, and have performed such and such. Religion never has enough and we will never be enough. But, because we are in Christ; our satisfaction, our identity, our sense of purpose is embedded in Him. All we do should emulate who He is in our lives. His purposes are redemptive, reconciliatory and restorative and as His ambassadors on earth, we need to reflect His purposes. Kingdom advancement should be our long term mindset and our short term goal is to make disciples.
Relationship is key to advancing the Kingdom God’s way. Our relationship with Him, our relationships with other believers and our relationships with non-believers speak to how God is portrayed on earth. It is time we kicked religion to the curb.
Let’s Pray: Dear Papa, thank You for being our Father, for blessing us with a new day and new mercy. Forgive us for our religious mindset, we thank You for setting us free from it. Thank you for showing us the way to advance Your kingdom and how You know our hearts better than we do. We ask for opportunities to share Your love and Your light with others, the wisdom to recognize them and for the grace to follow through. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Today’s Attitude of Worship: If you have judged based on physical appearance of Christianity, change your mind and move forward. If you have been judged, forgive and move on. God has much planned for each one of us, we must not get yoked to guilt because of the past. God’s mercy is new every morning and so grab it and take a fresh step.