As Christians it’s automatically assumed that our lives are complete and that we can do nothing wrong the moment that we accept the Lord into our hearts. We believe that the things of this world can no longer affect us nor concerns us, because we have been born again, or are free from reprisal, because we are Christians. Quite often these thoughts of superiority are on the minds of non-believers and believer. Why? It’s the attitudes that we portray and that we convey that display who we are. Christ called us to be salt to the world, but He didn’t call us to be smug salt simply humble salt.
“Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.” Mark 9:50
The non-believer, like us, assume that life gets better the instant we accept the Lord into our hearts. In certain circumstances this can be true, however, for the majority of the things that we have to interact with on a daily basis this is so far from the reality. We battle with addictions, broken home, destructive relationships, anger, and love issues in the same way that the world does. Why is that? We have been infected by the world much more so than we have been influenced by the saving grace of Jesus Christ. The truth is that we cannot serve two masters. We either choose to live the life that Christ has called us to or we choose to live the sinful life of the world. There is not a fence to sit on in this case, but rather two very distinct camps that either want to walk in the light or not. This doesn’t mean that we are smug about our faith, but that we are choose to spread the light that comes from God with the world. We have been given insight into the truth of salvation and experienced it so our lives by that definition should be on fire and transformed for Him.
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1: 2-4
We tend to show up on Sundays or at the Christian socials and shy away from the transformational parts of what makes our faith strong. We skip the Bible studies, the prayer vigils, Sunday school, community outreach projects, and so many other activities that are the best example of our faith. When I was doing a study in James a fews years back I realized that we don’t prove our faith with works, but rather we show our faith in our transformed life. When we accept Christ into our hearts there is a transformation, a literal one that causes so many changes in the way we once were. That is what James was talking about. Not that we do works because we have to, but that we do works because we want to out of our sincere love towards God. We must strive to rekindle the fire that transforms us to be pilgrims in our faith or individuals that are on a journey to spread and show our faith. He is always watching out for you. Guiding you along the journey He has set for you alone. How many have died for His name? How many have sacrificed everything for Him? All so that we could walk with Him in a world that does not persecute us for our beliefs, I call us the fortunate few. The fortunate few who have the opportunity to share God with others. Though how many of us are still afraid to say we’re Christians or even share our faith with others. I know that issue all to well, because I struggle with sharing my faith on a daily basis saying, “What will they think of me?”
The path of life in Christ is hard, but to stand before God and have Him say, “I do not know you” should break all of hearts. I may disappoint everyone in this world, but if God wants me to be a certain way then I must choose His feelings over mine.