SARAH SPEAKS: WE CALL OURSELVES CHRISTIANS?
We're supposed to be different right? Our lives should be testimonies of his greatness right? Why isn't that the case though?
We claim to be Christians, people saved by faith and grace. A people redeemed by our saviour. Yet why do we still act the same way we always did? We still dress the same, showing off our bodies, leading people to sin and claiming God looks at the heart and not the outer appearance. True, but have we forgotten "that out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks" (Matt 12:34).
We still associate with the same people, joining them to do the same things our bible, our base, condemns. We forget that we're supposed to be a light to the world ( Matt 5:14) and "not conform to the standards of it" (Rom 12:2).
We like to use the phrases "the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak" and "grace covers a multitude of sin" as excuses to justify our short comings when we know we can do so much better. But then, "shall we go on doing the wrong thing so that grace may abound" (Rom 6:1)?
We place ourselves in situations that will make us fall yet we still ask for Gods grace to overcome the temptations. We've forgotten that the same bible that tells us "Jesus gave us power over sin" (Rom 6:4-6) also "tells us to resist temptation and flee from the devil" (James 4:7)
We make rash decisions on our own, thinking we've got this, yet we blame God when things go wrong (Prov 19:2). We're actually supposed to "commit our ways to God for direction" but do we (Prov 3:6)? So why do we expect him to direct when we didn't ask.
We seek God for what he can give us, what he can do for us but we forget that he gives his conditions too. We want to be blessed, but fail to follow his rules (Deut 28: 1-2). Yet we expect him to bless us.
We often say, "all things work together for good". Well they do, but we forget the part that further says "to those that love him and are called according to his purpose" (Rom 8:28). Do we really love him? Are we called according to his purpose? So why should all things work together for our good?
We really aren't fooling God, in fact we aren't fooling anybody.
If we wanted to lose weight and be fit, would we go to the gym with an unhealthy over weight person? Or if we wanted to pass an exam would we study with the laziest person? In the same way how do we expect do be a light that will draw others when we still act the same and do the same things as everyone else
As we celebrate the death and resurrection of our savior, its important to look back, reflect and work towards being better; knowing him better and serving him.
I admit it's not easy but we press on towards the upward calling and that's what keeps me going.
Now I'm not trying to condemn anyone as I've been in most of these situations but sometimes we've got to be real with ourselves and ask the right questions.
What questions should we be asking ourselves as Christians?