Happy Easter Y’all!
So this was my morning at church….
My middle child, Kate, was baptized this morning as a public profession of faith in Jesus Christ. What a remarkable way to start off our Easter Sunday. I’m so proud of her for opening her heart and giving her life to Christ.
Kate looked at me and said, “mommy there is a lot of people today.”
Why does it have to be a special occasion for someone to come to church? Before anyone gets irritated at me let me just say this, get it off my chest and then you can make comments….
I know people work and sometimes they can’t help but miss church. I also know that people make up a church not a building so it doesn’t always have to be a Sunday worship. I know there are those who sit in front of their t.v. and watch it or listen to it on the radio. I’d also like to point out that the majority of people who don’t attend church choose not to because and I quote, “I have better things to do.” or, “I’m just so tired, I need my sleep.” There are a lot of different reasons for someone to not go to church. My point that I’m trying to make is that a lot of people that only come to church on holidays also act like they are the best Christians in the world. I know that I am a Christian. I would also like to make it very clear that I don’t believe I am better than anyone else and that I do, in fact, sin. Every day. I would also like to say that I try on a daily basis to live like Christ, to have holiness dwell within me. I fail at that….a lot. The point is, I try. I’m genuinely wanting and trying to be the person God has called me to be. That is why it ruffles my feathers that there are those people who will curse all over Facebook Saturday night and post pictures of themselves doing unGodly things, or just acting like an idiot and less than 24 hours later praising the Lord. Don’t get me wrong, I would love for them to praise God, to know Him and to have a relationship with Him but can’t they do it all the other days of the year too? To be perfectly honest I got a text today and it freaked me out. My husband said it as well when he received the same message. Why? Because that person who sent it might have meant well but do they even really mean it? How can someone pretend to be a Christian when their heart and actions don’t match their every day life? I’m not condemning this person–at least that is not my intention so I hope it doesn’t seem like it. I love this person. I pray for this person and hope that she truly starts to feel in her heart the words she says (on special occasions). See…back to the special occasion part. Can you sense bitterness in my words? I think there might be some there, something that shouldn’t dwell within me but it does. Its something that I’ve been working on, praying about. –I think I’m straying from the topic but it becoming clear as I write this that this post is going in a different direction than planned.– If you are going to call yourself a Christian then please PLEASE act like it. Your thoughts become your actions and your actions become your character. What’s character? Its how you act when no one is watching. Sometimes you’ll fail but always get back up again and try. His grace is what covers us. I’m a sinner but by His grace I’m saved. I know its easy to be lead by the flesh but if you live in the spirit it becomes easier to ignore the worldly ways. We as society have become desensitized to the things around us so we are able to make excuses and think we’re right. Set your mind on the Lord, study His word, make time to worship Him. Its been said that it takes 30 days to create or break a habit. Set your mind on God and make it a habit to think like Christ and it will become second nature. Your heart will change for those around you. I can feel God working on me. I’ve had some difficulty with certain people and its starting to harden my heart. That is not what I want. I’ve prayed that God would change my heart, let me love those who have wronged me. I want the bitterness to disappear and I want to love those who don’t love me back. Recently I’ve been dealing with these emotions and I can say that if I didn’t strive to be holy then this feeling of bitterness, anger, almost hate would take over my life. I wouldn’t be the person God needs me to be and I certainly wouldn’t be a good example for my kids. People watch me whether I know it or not. They see how I react to situations and they see what’s in my heart through my words. I don’t ever want to be a hateful person and I certainly don’t want for unbelievers to think that a Christian acts like a complete dirt bag. Why on earth would that kind of attitude bring them to Christ? I want to be the kind of person that someone can be around me for 10 minutes and know that my heart belongs to Jesus. I don’t mean that I’m shoving my faith down someone’s throat but I do think that if you are kind, loving, caring and aren’t fake then people won’t be surprised who lives within me. My actions speak volumes. The words that come out of my mouth show my character. I want to please God. I want to know that I’ve done everything in this life to make God look good.
I’m sorry this post was all over the place. Once I start typing all my thoughts come quicker than I can type. I want so much for those unbelievers to know Christ. I want them to feel the joy and peace that He brings. I want with all my heart for those haven’t felt the purist of love to find it. Jesus is the ultimate love story. He didn’t have to die on that cross but He did it.
Just a few verses that I think pertain to what I said.
“Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.” Romans 8:8 (For more start at v1 and read to v8)
“FOLLOW MY EXAMPLE, AS I FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE OF CHIRST.” 1 Corinthians 11:1
“God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his son, purifies us from all sin.” 1 John 5-7
Jesus answered, “I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except throughout me.” John 14:6