What does it mean to be a Christian? What does it mean to truly be a follower of Christ? What does living like Jesus look like?
It all goes back to the scriptures, to His ministry.
I believe, most of the time, we try and conform our view of Christ to how we view ourselves. We try and justify our logic and actions, even if they are unjustifiable. We point out the sins and flaws of our brothers and sisters and the lost, even though we have our own sins and flaws. We point out the worst in others to make ourselves feel better, to ease the guilt of our own transgressions. We try and argue, until we are blue in the face, about how we are right and the opposition is wrong.
But if you look back at Christ’s time on earth… did He do any of this? It’s unfathomable to me how our humanness can darken our hearts so much to others.
When I read the New Testament, when I read Jesus’s words and actions, I am deeply moved. He healed the ill and injured. He had dinner with tax collectors. He befriended prostitutes. He showed compassion. He showed grace. He showed love.
Why aren’t we trying harder to do the same? Why are we staying comfortable in our small boxes with people who only fit in our categories? Why are we not helping others? Why are we angry at people who are not like us? Why do we continue to point out the speck in a person’s eye but we neglect to see the log in our own?
My friends, our faith should be more than this. Our faith has the ability to move mountains. We have the ability to bring others to Christ, the One True King… and yet, we sit back and judge others, we sit back and say, “Well, I know someone is going to do that.”
Judging and feeling hatred towards people who are different than you is a sad and lonely road to walk on. Being self-righteous only gets so far, before you realize you are emptier now than you ever were.
Christ has so much more in store for you than that. He wants you to be like Him: to speak life, to give grace, and to love with no limits. What would your life look like if you lived like Him?
Put down those pointing fingers and judgmental stares, close your mouth when you want to shame others, and lay down your pride and surrender to the Creator of the Universe. You are His child… but so is the woman at work who got an abortion, so is the man next door with a drug addiction, so is the college professor who is an atheist.
Open your eyes, brothers and sisters, to this broken world in need of its Savior. Open your eyes to more than just your small box. Get uncomfortable. Live out your faith. Be more than your crooked heart, friends. Live with love. Walk with Christ. Strive to be more like Him.
“After eighteen years of pastoral ministry, I have never met a person who fell in love with Jesus because a Christian scolded them about their ethics. Have you? … Grace comes before ethics. No condemnation comes before the morality discussion. Kindness leads to repentance. Love–the broad embrace of Jesus’s narrow path–creates the most life-giving experiences you will ever be a part of.” –Befriend by Scott Sauls
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” –Matthew 7:1-5
“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.” –Luke 6:27-28