A lot of people believe that being Christian is following a bunch of rules. The Dictionary definition of Christian is…
- 1.of, relating to, or professing Christianity or its teachings.“the Christian Church”
- informalhaving or showing qualities associated with Christians, especially those of decency, kindness, and fairness.
nounnoun: Christian; plural noun: Christians
- 1.a person who has received Christian baptism or is a believer in Jesus Christ and his teachings.
To some people it’s going to church every time the doors are open, reading their Bible for a certain amount of time each day, not cussing, not listening to certain types of music, not reading or watching certain types of books or shows.
To me, and I think if more Christians were like this it would make them more acceptable to the knowledge of Christ and asking Him into their hearts, when you walk into church it shouldn’t feel like everyone is looking at you like you’re an outsider because you’re new there or you’ve missed a few services. It should be like walking into your family home and being welcomed with open arms and love.
Some people feel like Christianity is a competition, like how many more services they go to compared to the people who sit in front of them or behind them. I just feel like if that’s what your goal is then you need a heart check, you’re doing it wrong.
To me, being Christian should be about illuminating love to not only the strangers around you but to the people you’re on this journey with. Church family, blood family, EVERYONE.
Instead of talking about someone missing church or something like that, pray for them, maybe text them and ask if they’re ok or let them know that you missed seeing them at church, BE AN ENCOURAGEMENT!
My church has over 400 members on the roll, and use to I’d be really bad to let the devil beat me up and with my depression and anxiety I’d miss church a lot. There was a family, who I have grown to call my 2nd family, who would always call and text me to make sure I was ok or to tell me they missed me, it was such an encouragement for them to do that. It helped to uplift my spirits. I want to be that for others, I feel like all Christians should want to be that for others around them.
“Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgement, ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye. Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” Matthew 7:1-8
Being Christian doesn’t have to be this, “well I can’t do this or that because I’m a Christian” life style. You can still have fun and live an exciting life while being a Christian. Yes church is important but it’s not the end of the world if you miss a couple of services in a row. God understands that sickness or oversleeping or events happen. And I’m sure that the mothers and elderly members of your church thank you for staying home and not spreading germs when sick. Besides, being Christian doesn’t mean that you’re any less of a Christian if you miss a service for whatever reason.
Being Christian is a heart deal. You ask Jesus into your heart, you illuminate the love of Jesus from your heart to others. Live like Christ. There will be bad days and good days but love will always be the answer regardless of ones situation you can always be there for them by letting them know and loving them. Not judging them or chastising them because they missed a couple of services in a row. That actually makes them feel worse off then they did.
“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” John 13:34