Are You Religious or Are You a Christian? – Part 2
So, what is a Christian? A Christian is someone who strives to walk the walk without having to talk the talk. It is winning hearts to Christ without preaching. It is attracting people through the love we share with others. It is giving people something they desire, showing them a life they long to have. It is loving beyond behavior and seeing the best in others. It is not judging people or thinking you are above them. It is showing them a God that wants to meet them no matter where they are in life. High or low, rich or poor, addicted to drugs or drug-free, fat or thin, tall or short…no matter where you think you are in life, God wants to meet you there. He doesn’t want you to wait until you get it right before coming to Him. We never can and never will get it right.
When I came to Christ, I knew nothing about Him. I thought Christianity was full of hypocrites (which is another word for religious people) and I wanted no part of that life. I knew nothing about the Bible. I thought it was just another book. I did not know it was broken down into individual books. I did not know there was an Old and a New Testament. I did not know how to look up scripture. I was not looking for Jesus or God or whatever. I had a mission of my own, but God had a plan too. I am so thankful today that His plan won me over.
Never once since I gave my heart to Christ has He demanded I give up anything. I walked with Him for over nineteen years before I quit smoking. Yes, I knew my body belonged to Christ and smoking was not His plan for me, but I had other issues more serious in my life that needed healing. I did not quit partying and drinking the day I gave my heart to Christ, and, He never asked me to.
God changed me from the inside out. Little by little, I lost the desire to do things I was doing. I wanted to know Him more. I wanted to be more like Jesus, and I gradually lost interest in certain things of the world. I literally was born again, and as such, I had to roll over before I could crawl … I had to crawl before I could walk … I had to walk before I could run. For years, God treated me like the babe I was, but over time I matured in my walk. I am still maturing and will continue to learn until He calls me home. I am still a sinner, but now I have hope. I have the reassurance of God’s undying love no matter what. When I am weak, He gives me strength. When I am lost, as I am a great deal, He helps me find my way. When I am grief stricken, He gives me comfort. When I am downtrodden, He inspires me.
I don’t always get it right. I still fight issues in my life. I still question things. I still ask why. I still get angry. I still struggle at times with bitterness and unforgiveness. During all these times, however, I know where to go to be made whole. I choose to seek Him knowing He is the way. He has proven faithful more times than not, and I walk in faith daily. When I fall, He picks me back up. When I cannot make ends meet, He makes a way. His answers are not always my answers. His ways are definitely not my ways, but His ways are the way!!! I trust Him because He has proven Himself to be true. I believe in His promises. I base my life on His Word. I don’t always understand, but, in time, He gives me clarity.
Come back next week to read part 3 of my testimony.
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