Monday, June 18, 2007

Busy, Busy, Busy!

I've been learning so much about who God is and who He wants us to be.... I've been trying to have more open eyes to the people around me... I see more and more every day that being misinformed about something is without doubt extremely hindering to personal spiritual growth. For example, Christianity is often seen as being a rule-based and societal "religion" (quotations because the word 'relationship' has been replaced) that has nothing to be desired. Because of this inaccurate reasoning, (which I will admit, isn't unexpected and completely unfounded... man is a fallen race, correct?) many people reject Jesus Christ and his mercy, forgiveness and hope for a Kingdom on earth.

Needless to say, this is heartbreaking.

I've heard Christians call themselves 'Christ-followers.' Not only does this provide information about who we call our Savior and Redeemer, but it is a reminder to us about who we need to place on the throne of our hearts. The word 'Christian' is a word that helps to describe a group of people who believe Jesus came to earth to die for their sins. There is nothing wrong with calling ourselves that, Paul addresses us many times as Christians in the Bible. But lately, I've been thinking more and more about how we are fallen and how we really can't save ourselves and especially how there's nothing we can do to make God love us any more or any less than he already does. I think that's incredible! And no matter how bad (individually and as a whole) we make the name "Christian" look, there's no way to find fault with the name "Christ-follower" because the one to whom we are referencing is absolutely faultless. There's no way for us to mess up the name "Christ-follower" because our place is behind the leader... we aren't the important part of the phrase. The name completely rests on Jesus and we are merely aspiring after Him.

I guess what I'm trying to say in all that is, (and this is just my opinion by the way) that by telling people right off Who we follow, instead of immediately referencing ourselves, we can learn to be a tiny bit more humbled because we are expressing that need and longing for someone who CAN and WILL get us through.

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