All Christians are not created equal

When you hear the word Christian being used to describe someone, what is the first thing that comes to mind?  I need to be honest, prior to beginning my walk with Christ, when I visualized a “Christian” it looked something like this:

An individual(s) going door to door asking if you have been saved.  Those people who approach random people they see at the mall and ask them to follow Jesus.  Those intolerant people who damn you for your sin and seemingly threaten you with hell if you do not follow Jesus today.

Oh my, I had NO desire to be one of “those people.”  I fully admit, I had formed a stereotype in my head without creditable any information to base it on.  I made assumptions based on the attitudes and opinions of those around me, without gathering the facts.

Your Christian Personality

The reality:  Some Christians are similar to the stereotype, but thankfully most are not.  There are several different “personalities” when it comes to being Christian, which is a good thing in more ways than one.

When started going to Church regularly, and I began my journey, I took the time to do some proper research.  I found out being a Christian and a follower of Christ has nothing to do with going door to door in the attempt to save people.  I can honestly say I was relieved, running up to random people is not my style!  More power to those Christians who can share their faith that way!  You truly have a gift.  But God did not make me that way, and He did it on purpose.

Each of us has a special function

Romans 12:4-5(NLT)

4 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.

Not every Christian can, or should, be the same.  God did not intend us to be that way.  If all of us were the hands of Christ we would get nowhere without the feet to take us there.  If all of us were the voice of Christ, we could not act on the spoken words.  All of us are special God’s eyes, each in our own way.  I think that is why he made such a wide variety of us.  What a waste it would be if all of mankind were the same!

We all belong to each other

Another part of this Scripture that stands out to me is in Verse 5 – “and we all belong to each other.”  God does not intend for us to go through this life on our own.  You can find this theme in all kinds of sayings and clichés:  opposites attract, two peas in a pod, you complete me, two are better than one, the three amigos, etc.  While I don’t think one person can “complete” another person, I do believe that God put people in our lives to balance each other out.

I have a fiery personality…I tend to be sensitive over-react, and do it quickly.  I get anxious about things that are not a big deal, and I tend to be fussy about things.  My husband on the other hand generally stays as cool as a cucumber in most situations.  It takes a lot to get him mad, I know…I’ve tried.

I think God brought the two of us together because we balance each other out.  I flip out, he stays calm.  I yell and carry on, he is calm and collected.  There are areas I help him out in too.  He prefers to be a home body, I help him get out and socialize.  It’s all about finding that healthy balance, sometimes we need help to do that.

God made each one of us with a special gift he wants us to use to spread his Word and share it with other people.  Sometimes, and probably most of the time, we will need to work with fellow Christians to do this.  I believe I have found the way he wants me to share the message of Jesus.  Have you found yours?

God’s Chisel

If you haven’t seen the God’s Chisel video by The Skit Guys, get ready…and you may want to grab a tissue.

I don’t know about you, but that hit home hard for me.  Every time I watch it I tear up…God doesn’t make junk, we are God’s master piece.

Ephesians 2:10(NLT)

10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

There are some days, even weeks, that I feel I am far from God’s masterpiece.  I know full well I am not doing what God planned for me, I’m doing what I planned for me.

You know that feeling, when you know you are letting someone down, but you are choosing to pretend you don’t realize what you are doing….maybe they won’t notice.  God notices, we can’t fool him as easily as we think we can.  But, as luck would have it, we cannot let God down because we are not holding him up.  In our relationship with God, he holds us up because he loves us.

Here’s how I like to think about it:  God is like the parent, and we are the children…and I think we are the equivalent of toddlers or preschoolers.  Most of the time we listen, but we still push those boundaries to see how far we can get. No matter what we do God is going to love us, but at the same time He is going to bring us back to where we belong.

But like all good parents, God only disciplines the ones he loves.  When we are not listening, He is going to teach us a lesson so we know not to repeat the same mistakes…like disciplining a child.  I don’t know about you, but there are days I really deserve God’s discipline.  And sometimes I’m really not listening, so God has to give me a jolt to bring me back to His path.

Don’t give up when the going gets tough, look up.  Look up to God and ask Him to give you the grace and clarity you need to see His reason, because there is always a reason.  He is shaping us into His original masterpiece, chiseling away, “creating us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planed for us.”  We may not be able to see the reason in the moment, but take a look back…what was He trying to tell you in those hard times?  I bet you can see it if you try.

Remember, you are God’s masterpiece…not junk…God doesn’t take the time to make junk.

The Journey Begins

Hello my name is Katie, and I am a Christian.  I am also a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister and a friend.  But first and foremost, I am a Christian and a follower of Jesus, and my journey is just beginning.

Now please don’t click away and cross the proverbial street to avoid eye contact, my purpose is not to be one of “those people” who go door to door asking you if you have been saved.  To be honest with you, a year ago that was my assumption of what “Christians” were.  I had no desire to join the “club” and run up to random people and proclaim my faith.  I found that in reality, it is a small percentage of Christians who are feel called to share their faith in that way.  More power to them, but that is not my style.  And I am happy to have found most others share my view.

My journey began when I enrolled my oldest daughter in Sunday School.  Being raised in a loosely Lutheran home, I went through the typical Sunday School, Confirmation, etc. but I didn’t feel the pull of God to become a “regular” at Church.  I decided when I enrolled my oldest in Sunday School, I was going to set a good example for her and attend Church…I had to go there anyway to drop her off, why not.  God had a plan.

Our Church had started the sermon series called The Letters, going through the New Testament Letters written to the early churches. The first sermon challenged me to find out “What is God up to in my life, and what am I doing about it?”  God was hinting to pay attention.  The next few sermons, God was still hinting.  It wasn’t until the sermon on the topic of getting rid of your baggage that I truly got the message.

At this time I was in a place where I was not at all happy about life.  The world was against me, I was battling the depression demon and not fairing well.  Friends and family were getting concerned, I was just not pleasant to be around.  I was carrying so much junk with me I couldn’t see where I was going.  I was not balancing being a wife, mother, employee, and self.  I was completely lost.

Pastor Paul was to give the sermon that Sunday, and there was a large pile of luggage up front…interesting I thought.  He then gave a sermon based on the Baggage Skit from The Skit Guys.  Please take the time to watch it, the skit is truly life changing.

Letting go has been very freeing to let God take it, but I have still found it a daily struggle.  I am growing into the woman God intended me to be.  Every day I get a little bit closer, every day life gets a little bit easier, every day God reminds me how luck I am, and every day I thank Him for everything he has given me.

Please join me in your own Walk of Prayer in this journey called life.  I am looking forward to finding where God leads me, are you?