Soooo I am back with a little bit of a concern (really, though, when am I not concerned about something?).
The reason I have this blog is because I want people to draw closer to Jesus. I also want others to see my life as I try to live it as Christ is calling me to live it. To look beyond the “Christian” title and dig deep into what that means and how people my age and beyond can live it. I also want to share the real struggles that I face as a Christian.
So I’m caught in a tough place. I don’t want this to be a diary; I don’t want to expose details of my day that could bore you to death. I don’t want to be too open or post details about my issues just for the sake of blabbering about myself. So what do I do? I don’t want to focus on me, and yet I want to share my stories as I walk with Christ. So what should I do, dear readers? How do I balance a lifestyle/faith-based blog?
When it comes to posts about issues and lessons I can be as vague and yet as precise as I can. If you want to know about specifics we can privately talk about it via some way or other.
When it comes to lifestyle posts, well I can be as colorful as I think I should be.
So let’s give this a try, shall we?
I had a spark ignite in my brain yesterday when I was driving home. I was listening to a sermon that was more or less about what it means to own your faith. The main thing I got from it was this: No matter what may be going on with people around me, no matter what problems I see or problems I am dealing with, I always need to a.) Trust God and b.) Serve others.
Alright, alright that may sound superficial because as a Christian we all kind of hear those things, right? Almost as much as we hear “love your neighbor as yourself.”
But what does that all mean?
How do I own my faith? What is trust in God? What is serving others?
I’ll tell you what it is for me, and what I think it is for anyone claiming the Christian faith.
As the speaker put it, owning your faith involves perspective, participation, presence, perseverance, and power.
So then it hit me: At least in part, the recent bitterness I’ve been feeling is because of me — my unbelief in God’s character and promises. My perspective is way out of whack. I am too busy looking at other people and letting their personalities or whatever it may be getting under my skin, that I forget the power God has to make what seems impossible possible.
I have to get on my knees in prayer and trust Him.
Instead of focusing on the ugly characteristics of others, I have to participate in serving them. Instead of avoiding places I don’t want to be because I don’t get anything out of being there or can’t bear the emotions I may face, I have to be there and be present because I’m letting God lead. Instead of coming up with excuses for still participating in sin, I have to be persistent in my faith by never letting go of God and remembering He calls me out of darkness. And above all, instead of relying on myself
I have to rely on God’s power.
I can’t do any of this on my own.
I (and all of us in the Christian faith) must choose what’s right to glorify God. How can we call ourselves Christians if we aren’t doing that? We must probe into God’s thoughts because His thoughts are not our thoughts — they’re greater and better and go deeper than we could imagine in our feeble human minds.
And we have to serve other people, even if we don’t see ourselves benefitting in any way.
All of these things require sacrifice. The only way to truly serve God and serve others is by sacrifice.
Sin is truly an ugly thing. I can let it keep me down, or I can look up and trust in He who is greater than I.
He has to transform His believers from the inside out, and we all have to be serious about that.
What’s the bigger picture? How serious am I in serving God? How serious are you?