Am I Still A Christian?
Have you ever had one of those days when you felt like cursing at everyone and telling them how completely and utterly useless they were? Have you ever felt like running away from your family because you just couldn’t take the pressures of the day? Have you ever felt like crying, cursing and running all at the same time? I have!!! It’s called being human, not of course being any less of a Christian.
People have long thought that once we gave our life to Christ we’re immediately changed into Christ Himself! I have learned the hard way that this simply isn’t true….its a daily process. Being born again is just like being born naturally. When babies are born they can’t hold their heads up by themselves. Their necks aren’t strong enough to support them so their little heads wobble a bit. They also can’t feed themselves, clean themselves, or even soothe themselves. They are totally dependent on the parents to care for them. In the same way, when we are born again we should be totally dependent on Christ to feed us, cleanse us, strengthen us, and change us. For if we could have adjusted ourselves, there never would have been a need to come to Christ in the first place, right? I mean who needs Jesus when you’ve got it all together? He came for the sick and those are the ones who run to Him.
I used to think that I had to present this perfect image of “Christianitism” (yea I made that word up but you get my drift) to God and to the world in order to be accepted as a true Christian. You know the signs right?: No cursing, no drinking, no anger, no jealousy, no smoking, smile perfect, look perfect, be perfect …etc, etc, etc. All of the things that I didn’t like about my character and truly wanted to change was still a very real part of my life after becoming saved. I didn’t necessarily want to do them, but hey, sometimes I did! Lo and behold after each emergence of my character flaws, I would condemn myself as less than a Christian. Digging into His Word helped me get a genuine understanding, I found that I’m perfectly normal and loved by God.
The Bible says in 2nd Corinthians 3:18; And we all, with unveiled face, continually seeing as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are progressively being transformed into His image from [one degree of] glory to [even more] glory, which comes from the Lord, [who is] the Spirit. – Amplified Bible. And “Who shall ever separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? Just as it is written and forever remains written,“For Your sake we are put to death all day long;We are regarded as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors and gain an overwhelming victory through Him who loved us [so much that He died for us]. For I am convinced [and continue to be convinced—beyond any doubt] that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present and threatening, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the [unlimited] love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:35-39 Amplified Bible.
Simply put, each day I’m being changed into His image and nothing( not even me) can separate myself from His love. Remember newborn babies? They don’t come out of the womb talking, walking, and taking responsibility for themselves. They’re totally dependent. Each day they grow and learn how to do different things. The parents love the baby for who they are. They nurture and care for them. Same for us through Christ!
So the next time you feel like you’re not representing Christ properly, remember it’s a lifelong process. He’s transforming you into His image. Submit your will to Him and the transformation will go much smoother!
Smile and breathe….You’re still a Christian😇!