If you’re like me then you’ve asked yourself many times if you’re a good Christian? There are times when I’m in church and the pastor says something about “REAL Christians” and then I sit back in my chair and have that inner talk with myself contemplating my Christian-ness. I’m not ashamed to admit this. I love to be transparent with you all about these things because I intend for these posts to be a growing experience for us all. Theres no shame in my game, hunny!
But seriously, do you consider yourself a good Christian? And what is a “Good Christian” anyway? AND the real question is, am I one? Let’s find out.
What’s a good Christian?
My image of a good Christian are people that are kind, compassionate, giving, and humble. People that are ambitious, powerful, direct, and forthcoming. Someone who loves the Lord wholeheartedly and isn’t afraid to speak and teach on it. A person who fears no one but God and pays no mind to the frivolous ways of the world…
Someone who doesn’t succumb to the ways of a sinner and engage with the devils of the world. A person that is strong enough to fight temptations and stand firm in their faith. A person who understands the Lord and what he has done for us and the world. Someone who knows the Bible and all of God’s teaching. Who also knows unconditionally his love for us. Someone who is positive and optimistic about other people and doesn’t hesitate to lend a helping hand to anyone. Someone who finds love in everything and everyone…
A person that is active in their community and church home while supporting the church through tithing and hearty giving. Someone that would lend their coat off of their back or their home to someone in need. A person that prayers purposefully and regularly. Someone that doesn’t doubt other people or question anyone’s intentions. A person that believes in redemption, blind love and the benefit of the doubt. An optimistic person whose heart is filled with love and gratefulness…
But it’s not that simple. It would be nice if it was. Sort of like a checklist that could be checked off for each characteristic of a good Christian (“Follow these 20 steps to be a Good Christian!”). But honestly, I couldn’t say that I would have all my boxes checked off, and I’m guessing neither could you.
Luckily, this is only MY interpretation of a good Christian (maybe more of a perfect Christian, if we’re being honest) and not God’s.
(Now let me say that I am no Pastor, Deaconess, Reverend, Pope, Minister, Priest, or Chaplain. I probably have no authority to be writing this post but this is all just my take on things. You are welcome to correct me or give me further insight! It’s encouraged!)
I’m learning that it’s not all about WHAT we’re actively doing but about our intentions to follow the Lord and believe in him. We must acknowledge Him, obey Him, love Him, and follow Him for all that he is. The Bible states what God wants from us and we are expected to follow Him and His ways.
Think of Matthew 19:16-21. In summary, a rich young man asks Jesus what he has to do to have eternal life. In response, Jesus responds and tells him that he must obey the commandments of God (“Thou Shalt not murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal…”), give to the poor, and follow Him.
It’s hard to think that even the BEST people have ALWAYS been good Christians. I mean, I don’t want to doubt anyone but I’m almost positive everyone has sinned and done something “unchristian-like,” it’s almost inevitable. I think this is known to Jesus and to God. Just because we sin and mess up, it doesn’t make us not Christians, anymore. What if being a good Christian means that, yes, we make mistakes, yes, we aren’t going to be perfect but trying to follow God and His words are good enough. And just maybe, when we do stumble and miss a step (that wouldn’t be considered very Christian-like) God will forgive us and help us find our way back to following Him.
But then again… why do we have to add the adjective “good” to Christian? Shouldn’t all Christians be good, in a sense? Why are there levels? Are there really levels or have we just added them to distinguish ourselves to look better?
Maybe a Christian is just that, a Christian.
I am a Christian. Someone who’s imperfect, prone to sinning, sometimes pessimistic (during the wrong time of the month), a girl who doesn’t always go to church, someone who occasionally questions the intent of others, who struggles with the temptations of the world, a girl who can’t always give back as she should… but guess what? I love the Lord. I will fight and follow him and his visions for us to the ends of the Earth. I am a believer and a God-driven woman. I strive to be better in everything I do because of God’s grace and I bask in his everlasting love. I walk with Jesus and because of these things and so much more, I am a Christian.
And I think a good one, at that.
Be Blessed –