What comes to your mind when you think about Christians? Maybe you conjure up bible-carrying, people-hugging, worshipping church attenders. Maybe a cross hangs around their neck and they just keep talking about what God has done for them in their lives. Maybe they tell you what God can do for you. But how does one go from being an atheistic, man-made, sin-ridden person to one that would carry their own cross and walk the long, sometimes lonely road, to serve our Father?
Being Christian starts on your knees.
Yes, you read that right. You don’t get to Jesus by being full of yourself, thinking that you know everything there is to know in this world. You can’t know Jesus by pushing Him away and believing He doesn’t exist. You can’t know Jesus if you don’t get on your knees and admit that you know nothing. You must admit that you aren’t perfect. You must feel the weight of your sins, and place them at the feet of Jesus.
Being Christian means being able to say I’m sorry.
It takes courage to acknowledge that we have done wrong in our lives, that we have sinned against others. It is so hard to do that when our loved ones are looking at us with tears in their eyes, hurt by our actions. Instead of owning responsibility for their actions, many people turn away and cover their shame. Others will pretend that they have nothing to account for and will go about their business leaving the other person shocked in disbelief. If we can’t look at each other and admit our faults, how can we bow down to our Savior with guilt in our hearts?
Being Christian means forgiveness is the light at the end of the tunnel.
You can’t expect a person to be forgiven if they never apologize right? How can a person move on from their pain if they never hear “I’m sorry?” It’s hard to find the strength to love again. It’s a struggle just to find peace in our own hearts let alone lend that peace to someone that doesn’t deserve it. That’s how we all feel when we are wronged. Thankfully, that is not how Jesus feels. He is more than just a hope but the true light that provides healing to broken and bleeding hearts. He is the avenue we must all come to in order to find peace in this ugly and brutal world.
Being Christian means being loved.
Jesus is our Savior, born to each and every one of us because we are worthy of His love. It doesn’t matter how many times we mess up, He is always going to be there for us. It doesn’t matter if you feel like you are worthy or not. We are all special in His eyes, made in His likeness, and meant for bigger things than the lives we set out for ourselves.
Being Christian means being saved.
Jesus sacrificed Heaven to come here and rescue us… those that know nothing about Him, those that want nothing to do with Him, and those that love Him with all of their heart. He was born this day to give life to so many that don’t deserve it. Knowing this, doesn’t it just make you want to get down on your knees, bow down to Him, and thank Him for all that He has done in your life? It doesn’t matter what religion you are currently practicing – we can all come to Jesus as we are.
This Christmas, I pray for you and your families. I pray that you invite Jesus into your heart, into your life, and allow Him to work through you. You need not be afraid – I was once in your shoes, an unbeliever, and I fell unashamedly in love with Jesus. It was the best day of my life.
Being Christian means being born again.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
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