Oct 3, 2011

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Counterfeit Christians | Reflecting

Counterfeit Christians | Reflecting

This is a response to a previous post, Counterfeit Christians

After reading your post I felt there were some more things to be explored.  Many people have a hard time looking at themselves in the God mirror.  I wrestle with this regularly myself.  But the truth be told, we live in a society that finds it easier to not deal with the hard truths because we may seem judgmental and overstepping our bounds by pointing out that a fellow Christian may be walking towards the “fire”!  But if your parent, child, grandmother, or your, were literally walking towards a fire . . . wouldn’t  you run to push them out of the way?

We as Christian brothers and sisters should be doing exactly that!  We can love each other and at the same time keep our loved ones accountable for their actions.  A lot of us feel that since we asked Jesus Christ into our hearts we are good to go.  But it doesn’t end with that faithful prayer, it begins.  We agree to lay our old selves down and pick up our daily crosses!  We hand him the keys and allow Him to drive our lives. Sometimes that means letting go of things in our lives that He doesn’t want there anymore.  I think this issue is the hardest because we find ourselves comfortable with our old lives.  We think, “Why would God care if I do this or that”.  He cares because He wants ALL of us, every piece.  These other “things” in our lives distract us and rob God of our full attention. We are all His children created by Him, for Him.  He has called all of us to have to have an intimate and fulfilling relationship with Him.  Once we obtain that closeness with Christ we might think we have gone as far as we can go, but we can go further.  He doesn’t want us to become stuck.  My friend said she became constipated in her walk with Him!  A little vulgar, but still the same meaning . . . she is stuck.  He wants us to never stop moving in the direction of Him.  We are all called to be his disciples.

“and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me– Matthew 10:38

His plan for us is so much more than just acknowledging Him. He wants us to be the light of the world!

“You are the light of the world.  A city on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.  Instead they put it on it stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house” – Matthew 5:13-16 

How will the people who have never experienced God or His teaching learn if we are not doing our job.  We need to always take a look in the mirror of God. We need to listen to Him to know what things He wants us to remove and what to add, so maybe the people who have been wondering what God may look like, can actually see Him through you!  Our time here is short compared to eternity and I don’t know about you, but I am sick of being stuck with the clock ticking.  I am here to serve Him and not to please myself or others.   I don’t want Christ to ask me why I wasted so much time saying “I’m Good”, rather than actually doing Good!  I want Him to say, “Well done my good and faithful servant, well done!” Remember, we can say all the right things, but our actions speak volumes. You never know who’s watching you.  Someone might need to see Christ through you at that moment in their lives.  Don’t miss that opportunity!  Let’s all step out of our comfort zones and allow God to sit in the driver’s seat of our lives.

  1. Erica,

    Thanks for sharing! Great to see that you are moving closer to Jesus everyday and not treading water. We have to break down our personal barriers that get in the way of a extraordinary relationship like no other we have ever experienced!

    "The problem of the Christian life comes where people do not usually look for it. It comes the very moment you wake up each morning. All your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists of simply in shoving them all back; in listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in."

    – C.S. Lewis Mere Christianity

  2. Amen!!! Very well written and very true!

  3. concur! hate the sin, not the sinner. goes back to one of my earlier entries that went something like….Lord, help me share You with others, and sometimes let me use words to do it. i totally agree with all the post about being sidetracted…i'm easily distracted and include myself in this bunch. however, we're all made differently and used differently by God…AND our titles CAN change when needed. look at personalities for example. we have serious people, laid back people, very compassionate, funny etc etc. this is part of our make up. we use our talents the way we know how in regard to serving God. now let me tie this in with these posts which seemed to have caused up a stir. we'll use me as an example. i have been a tobacco 'chewer' for twenty something years. i use tobacco as the 'sin'(you can insert any vice), because it controlled me. i could not live without it…all day and nite it was in my mouth. i knew i could not quit it myself, will power only takes you so far. i began to seriously pray to God to help me. I also used alot of my friends in Heaven to pray for me to God (intercessay pray) especially the mother of Jesus. this by the way wasn't a generic plea for help. i recognized only God can help me. well time went by (it wasn't instant help), in fact, i began coming up with a month long 'game plan' to stop this habit. well before i knew it and out of the blue, the good Lord instantly stopped my chewing even before 'my plan' went into effect. cold turkey! here's my point. when i see people chewing, smoking today (again, fit in here any sin that applies)i don't judge, i don't preach or holler at them. i pray to God to help them and when opportunity presents itself, i will speak. i did NOTHING on my own to stop! i cna't say that i even prayed on my own. people will ask me how i did it…i simply..and dead honestly respond, it wasn't me, it was God! lots of prayers. people respond differently to differnt people. if God made you a sincere 'in your face' type personality….then use it my friend. if He made you a ' lead by example ' type….then use it. etc etc. variety is the spice of life. no, we should not turn a blind eye to those who we love that we believe are sinning. but most times, these people already KNOW they are sinning and by us telling them something they already know to be true, results in even more sins (anger, judgement, possible hate, broken relationships). sometimes heartfelt prayer and sacrifice (fasting etc) will get the job done better than scolding. just a thought. and trust me folks (and this is not false modesty) i would be extreemly embarrased and ashamed of my "Christian" life up to this point if it was ever 'put on display' for all to disect. all i can say is that i'm a work in progress who is hopefully getting better

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