Ah, Christians. To know Christ is to have it all together. To be a Christian is to be perfect; blameless; selfless; righteous, and upstanding. To be a follower of Jesus means to know just what to say, just what to do, in all circumstances. To show people a “better way”; pointing the way—through the shining example of our own lives—to the Lord through our righteous living, generous giving, and outward, unremitting attention to others. Always. In every situation. At all times.
And to think, I almost got through typing all of that without cracking up.
The only thing I know for sure that a Christian truly is . . . is convicted.
I don’t mean a beat-yourself-up-at-all-times-because-you’re-such-a-screw-up type of conviction. I see it as we all have a base level of morality instilled within us; an internal knowing or instinct of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, regardless of the choices we ultimately make. Once you cross the line of faith, this instinct begins a process of refining, of being sharpened; the desire to “do what is right” is strengthened as the indifference or ambivalence over “doing what is wrong” begins to fade. You begin to pause a little longer, more carefully considering the negative ramifications–for yourself and others–before making what could be considered a ‘poor’ choice. The conviction to do what is right. The conviction not to do what is wrong. The conviction to correct or make amends for wrongs already committed. The conviction to put others before yourself. The conviction that your own shortcomings are quite enough and there is no need to point up or dwell on the shortcomings in others.
Proverbs 19:11 A person’s wisdom yields patience;
it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.
Personally, I was pummeled with the conviction sledgehammer all last weekend. Actually, more like being on the runaway conviction train. At full throttle. With no brakes. Wheeeeeee!! Continue reading The Conviction Train (Or, How I Spent My Easter Weekend)
Why were we created?
Bring my sons from afar
and my daughters from
the ends of the earth–
everyone who is called by
whom I created for my
whom I formed and
made.” (Isaiah 43:6-7)
We were made for God’s glory; for the glory of the Almighty Creator of the universe. What does that mean to you? What does that look like in your life?
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)
Even when you’re eatin’ pizza and hangin’ out with friends tonight, do it in a way that glorifies God. Maybe give that last piece (even though it looks sssooooooo good) away to that meek friend who’s too shy to ask for it. Maybe watch your language and the innuendo’s a little more in front of the opposite sex, or your friend’s impressionable little sibling.
You’re God’s kid!
Act like it!