Last semester I got involved with this ministry on campus called “Chi Alpha.” I don’t always find myself agreeing with everything that’s said there, but I will say this: I have never seen so many people with such a fire for God’s word or with such a passion for seeking the lost.
Yesterday morning my small group leader and I went into a prayer tower that was build for this thing Chi Alpha is doing called “24 Hours of Prayer,” where every hour scripture is being read and people are praying over the school, the country, the world, and anything else God puts on their hearts. It’s a beautiful thing.
This is what God put on my heart: If every denomination/ministry, not just Chi Alpha (which is affiliated with Assembly of God), were to be ignited with the same passion for God’s word and the same hunger to seek the lost, we would see massive change in the world. If every believer regained their conviction and decided that their friends’ souls were worth more than society’s opinions of them, God’s light would shine brighter than the sun.
It is not a bad thing to be a Christian. You can make poor choices as a Christian, which then portrays the faith in a negative light, but it is not a bad thing to actually believe in Christ. 1 Peter 2:12 and 2 Peter 1:16 discuss how nonbelievers will tell you that you’re wrong, how the Bible is wrong, and how you should change your ways. They also say that you should hold fast, because the Lord is coming, and He was already here once before. They say to take heart, because you know you’re in the right, even if some will never be convinced of that.
If you feel lost or alone because your friends don’t like your beliefs, they shouldn’t be your friends. Proverbs says that “As iron sharpens iron, so one friend sharpens another.” If your friends or the people that you choose to surround yourself with are not edifying you and building you up, but instead only bringing you down, then change must be made. Seek out those that will bring you up. If a group of fellow Christians is putting you down, seek out a different church. True Christian community is a beautiful thing and cannot be compared with any other relationship.
Because God lives within each of those who believes in Him, your Christian family is an extension of God, making Himself visible to you and giving you access to Him here on earth. We are each created in the Trinity’s image. All the knowledge, power, and presence/sight in the universe has been divided between billions of people. This is why there is such a variety of gifts in the world.
As with any family, you won’t always fit in with every single member. You have to find your niche. But because we’re a family, we love each other; not despite our differences, but because of our differences. We see the differences as the Holy Spirit working through one another and as blessings from God. When you surround yourself with that kind of affirming love, you begin to emanate it, and others will start to notice.
My dad once said in one of his sermons “If you catch fire for the Lord, people will come to watch you burn.” There’s something different about Christians and people know it. Society tends to cover confusion or fear with anger. Christianity and the faith that comes with it aren’t easy to understand, and they threaten a certain way of living that many have grown accustomed to, so people tend to get angry about it. Believers don’t have to be afraid or feel threatened. Courage and conviction change hearts. Know that once God has ignited a fire within you, it’s impossible for it to be put out as long as you hold fast, stay strong, and keep the faith.