Okay before I receive any disconcerting comments or messages let me pose this question to you.
What does Christianity mean to you?
A. Is it a set of rules that you follow in order to make yourself “right with God”?
B. Or is it actually following Jesus Christ and obeying what he commanded because you have faith in him?
I have been in quite an adventure the past few months due to the fact that I have been in a DTS program with YWAM (hence the reason why I haven’t been so active on here).
I have grown so much from the first day I met my classmates to the day that we had to say goodbye. I have struggled with my faith in the process and with my perspective of what the Bible truly says. I have been guilty of acting pretentious and behaving superior because of my theological views compared to the rest of my team.
All that started to change once I arrived in Nepal.
When I arrived in Nepal and started fellowshipping with the believers there, I realized that the Western church is so divided over theological or doctrinal issues. I’m not in any way saying that theology isn’t important because it is but it’s not the only thing that we ought to focus on.
In Nepal, I was able to see how the Nepali church is growing and let me tell you, they are fully surrendered to God! The fact that some of them have had to face persecution is really humbling; they don’t give up their faith, even when the odds are stacked against them. The difference between the two countries is that the church in Nepal is more united than divided. Reason being is because they are more concerned about being able to endure this race together. They aren’t focused on which church family is better because they are all a part of the church – just as we are!
When we had fellowship at each of the houses of the believers we didn’t talk so much about doctrine instead, we were able to give them a word of encouragement in their walks with Christ and pray for them. I realized that it’s important to understand that we are all brothers and sisters in Christ and that we are not to look down on them just because their theology isn’t like ours. Our mission on this earth is to make Christ known to others and to love others as God loves us. How are we doing in the States with the mission?
The way that Christian people in Nepal live their life is radically different from those of the Hindu or Buddhist people; the Believers stand out because of how they live their lives. The ones that come from the former religions have had an incredible experience with God and they choose to surrender their lives in order to follow the one true God.
If people didn’t know you but they saw the way you lived, what would they say about you?
Sometimes I’ll look at comments on Facebook posts that have to deal with certain religious topics and the things that I read about Christianity enrages me. It makes me think that we are using Jesus as a crutch to justify the things that we do – even if they go against everything that is written in the Bible.
People, this isn’t the true Christianity – we have desensitized the very meaning of what it truly means to be a Christian. The word “Christian” has just become a thing we say in order to identify ourselves by something but ultimately some of us don’t know the severity and the weight that this means; what it should mean to us.
I think we have strayed so much from the origins of the early church that it seems foreign to us what they did, all for the sake of the Gospel. The early church was radically different – they didn’t want to blend in with the culture around them because they had been radically changed by a God that loved them and paid the price for their sins.
The Believers Share Their Possessions
32 All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had. 33 The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s great blessing was upon them all. 34 There were no needy people among them, because those who owned land or houses would sell them 35 and bring the money to the apostles to give to those in need.
36 For instance, there was Joseph, the one the apostles nicknamed Barnabas (which means “Son of Encouragement”). He was from the tribe of Levi and came from the island of Cyprus. 37 He sold a field he owned and brought the money to the apostles.
– Acts 4:32-37New Living Translation (NLT) (emphasis mine)
Am I saying that we are to act self-righteous? No, unless you want to be a Pharisee, but we already know what Jesus said about them.
I want to live life in a radical way that exemplifies Jesus and the work of the Cross. I want to show others that yes, it is possible to forgive someone for all the horrible things that they have done to you because you have Christ in you.
So don’t label me as just a “Christian” because I am more than that.
In every sense, I mean the former statement.
I am a sinner saved by grace and I want nothing more than to live my life in adoration to the one who paid the price. It’s not a set of rules that I follow in order to be made “right” with God because the debt was paid a long time ago.
When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.
Romans 5:6-11, NLT
I want to live my life showing and shining the love that Christ had for us. Would you join me in this radical way of living?