Friday, July 8, 2011

Have You Ever...

Have you ever been approached by a well meaning person who just wanted to make sure you were a Christian? They might ask, "Do you know Jesus?" or "Have you been saved?" I have. I usually feel slightly verbally assaulted, like they are checking to see if I am good enough. Has that ever happened to anyone else or am I just too sensitive? (Definitely possible!:) 

Anyway, the funny thing is that I am a Christian & I can answer "yes" to those questions, but I still feel like I am being checked over somehow anyway, Why? I think it's because I get the feeling that if I answered "No" to them, that I would be thought of as less than, or small or like something was wrong with me & maybe I should apologize or correct my wrongness or ...?

I'm not trying to pick on people who care about whether others know God or not, because I care too. A lot. A whole lot. But, I don't think the concern is coming across quite right. 

I mean, the reason I care about this issue is because Jesus Christ has changed my life. He is the absolute best thing that has ever happened to me...freedom from trying to be good enough, peace, joy, hope, a personal relationship with the Creator of the Universe - it's amazing stuff. Of course I want those I love to know Him too! 

And, yeah, there is something wrong with my friends who don't know God yet, but there's something wrong with me too! That's the point. We ALL need a Savior. We are all a complete mess without Him, at least that's what I've observed in my life so far. 

So, I'm thinking about how we, as Christians, are coming across to others we care about. We've got to think of a way to better communicate our love, the amazing God we've met, without acting (or thinking!) that we are in any way "better".

One of the biggest reason I love Jesus is because He makes me good enough. He loved me first. He likes me. No, He doesn't like the crud in my life (otherwise known as sin) but He knows how to work with me & in me to help me turn my back on it, bit by bit. To get free from the crud! 

Maybe I'm rambling a bit here, but this is so heavy on my mind...just thought I'd put it out there. Is this resonating with anyone else? What do you think?

1 comment:

Shaun and Holly said...

To me, everything SHOULD be relationship based. In my opinion, you don't ask a stranger personal questions. If they knew me, then they would know, if I "knew Jesus" or "not".

Great thoughts, Sweets! :)