You Are Not A Good Christian

Sometimes people think of Christians as self-righteous people who believe they’re better than everyone because they can sin and then say they’re “Covered in grace.” They think they’re an unaccepting judgmental people group who couldn’t care less about the souls of others but only about the name they make for themselves by proclaiming Jesus’ name.

In fact, sometimes Christians act like that.

Shocking? I’m sure it isn’t. I am certain you’ve met your fair share of “fake Christians”.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a Christian, and I love the Christian faith. But I am not a good Christian.

And I don’t really like the feelings the word “Christian” brings out in people. I don’t like the fact that I can tell someone that I’m a Christian and immediately they assume I’m judging them because they think I believe that I’m perfect, that I’m going to shove Bible tracts down their throat, or that I’m going tell them everything that they’re doing wrong with their life.

Maybe you’re afraid of the Christian faith because you’ve had a similar experience with “Christian” people.

The fault in the “Christian” views of this generation is that we seem to believe that if you believe that Jesus came to die for you, if you’re baptized and “covered in grace” you can do whatever you want in this life because you think just believing gets you a one-way ticket to Heaven.

Wrong.

The Bible says, “Whosoever believes will be saved.” (John 11:26) People hear that and they’re like “WOOHOO! All I have to do is believe that Jesus died for me, that I’m saved and I’m gonna live forever! Nana nana na, I’m better than all you people because I can sin and still go to Heaven.”

I’m sorry but that is NOT what being a Christian is about.

Reality Check: If we really believe that Jesus died for us, if we know what He went through for US it would kill us inside to live like the world because we would know that He did NOT come die for us just so we can say His death covers your sin, while we’re still living in it.

Most Christians have shallow faith. Shallow because, if they really knew who they were serving, if they really knew what He went for so that they can live in freedom they would use their freedom differently. They claim to be free, saying Jesus has broken all the bonds of sin (and He has) but then they go back and pick the bonds back up and entangle themselves again thinking they’ll go to Heaven because their words praise Him. Jesus didn’t come so that a bunch of sinners would proclaim His name with their tongues yet praise the Devil with their hands, minds and hearts. Jesus came so that a bunch of sinners would proclaim the freedom He bought them. Yes, bought. Our freedom wasn’t free. He came so we could live with Him forever, away from the hurt, the tears, the darkness of this world.

Reality Check: “If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.” (1 John 1:6)

Most Christians have prideful faith. Prideful because they think that because Jesus came to die for them then they just must be some sort of amazing human being. “I mean, if God wants me so much He sent His Son to die in my place? I  must be pretty stinking cool!” They think they immediately should be raised up on a pedestal above everyone else in the church, in the work place, and especially those on the streets.

Let me ask you: How can we expect to reach to people who are living in darkness if 1) we’re claiming to be Christian yet living in the same darkness or 2) we’re not even willing to go reach a hand of help out to them because we’re worried about our name and our reputation, we’re thinking we’re better than them and that they deserve the life they’re stuck in.

Reality Check- Teen pregnancy statistics are through the roof, right along with the drug and alcohol statistics for adults and teens. Gangs are popping up everywhere and violence is seen as some sort of real life video game. Let me ask, where are the parents, the mentors of these people? Why are they being put in an avenue where this stuff is readily available?

Sometimes, people are placed in the lifestyle they live and they just don’t know a way out. Sometimes it’s all they’ve known, it’s how they grew up. And if every person that claimed to be a Christian in America alone tried to help the poor, the sick, the hurt, the broken, there would be an epidemic of grace ad mercy, of people singing God’s praises and meaning them like there has never been before.

We live in a desperate generation. People need Jesus. People need YOU to show them Jesus, but if you’re still living in the darkness of the past, if you’re too concerned about making a name for yourself, they will not find Him.

Pride comes easily. Living like the world isn’t hard, especially when everyone else is doing it.

So I guess I’m just asking myself, and you. Where are you? Are you on the side of the road that means it when you say you’re a Christian or are you on the side that says it but lives like they’ve never heard of what Jesus did for them?

Because sounding like a good Christian gets you no where.

You are not a good Christian//You are a redeemed sinner.

Let’s live like it.

The Beauty Battle

“The only true beauty comes from a life fully surrendered to Jesus Christ, where we have gotten out of the way and He can be seen in and through you”

It really bugs me how the world portrays beauty. They tell us that we need to be their version of beautiful so that we can succeed in life. If we don’t look the part, well, we won’t get the part. They feed us this made-up definition of beauty until it is engrained into our minds.

The grocery store turns into a walk of shame for young girls who have yet to find a sign that they really are beautiful. Because everywhere they look they see flattened abs, gorgeous hair, and seemingly flawless women. They see everything they are not.

This turns into fear. At 12 years old, girls are already feeling inadequate, needing more than the body God has given them. She’ll think that, since she doesn’t look like that model she saw on the magazine in the grocery store that she will never be worth anything in life. She is already worried that guys won’t like her, that the pretty girls will never invite her into their circle.

They are teaching her that if she isn’t the world’s standard of beauty, than she will never measure up to anything so she may as well give up now. She doesn’t want to give up though, so her life becomes a battle. An everyday struggle to become their kind of beautiful. She’ll starve herself, she’ll cover her face up with make-up, all the while simply trying to find a ray of hope that she, too, can be some sort of beautiful.

They are deceiving us, ladies. They tell us to believe the lies, that we need to strive to be beautiful, that we need to buy their products and their clothes so that we can begin to look like them.

It’s so wrong, and I am so passionate about this because I believe women could do so much more with their lives if we were not constantly fighting the beauty battle. If we were not concerned about making sure our hair looked flawless before we stepped out of the door, maybe we would’ve been out in time to catch that old man on the street who needed a simple smile to help him carry on. Your simple smile.

Are you getting my drift?

We were made for more than this, ladies! We were made for so much more than fighting to be an airbrushed version of beautiful.

This is why God reassures you and me. He says,

“The king is enthralled with your beauty; honor Him, for He is you Lord.” (Psalm 45:11)

He says,

“You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you.” (Song of Solomon 4:7)

Don’t you see? If you want true beauty, I’ll tell you a secret. It comes from a life surrendered to Jesus Christ. It never really was yours to achieve, it comes from reflection of the Perfect One.

So are we going to rise up, women? Are we going to realize that there is more to life than the beauty battle?

 

I don’t care if I don’t fit your standards of beauty. The beauty I want to reflect is of the Heavenly King, not some airbrushed model in a magazine.

About The Blog

Hey guys!
I’m Jessika. I’m just here to share the wonderful story that Jesus is writing in my life and the lessons I’m learning along the way.
Basically, I wanna do life big. Why? Because there is so much potential in this world, you just have to look in the roughest parts and shine up the people with the light of Jesus.
Because really, a diamond isn’t in it’s full glory until it’s been through the rough fire, right?
There are so many people in the fire right now, but you know what? It’s about time we start living like diamonds. We are children of God, and if God is for us, who can be against us?

Me!!