And without trusting, it is impossible to be well pleasing to God, because whoever approaches him must trust that he does exist and that he becomes a Rewarder to those who seek him out. - Hebrews 11:6 | Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. - Galatians 5:25
It’s a hard calling. Once we know Him as our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, it seems like temptations and tribulations are the only thing in our path. But God did not promise an easy life, troubles are expected. But how we deal with them defines our relationship with God.
Worldly ways are to be left behind and forgotten. You’re not that same person anymore. You’re made new, righteous and most importantly, His. It will be hard, but with God on your side, it will become bearable.
Be just as committed to God as He is to you. Grow in Him, learn from Him and seek Him. From a burden, life will become a blessing.
I get why you don’t want to believe in God. I get it. You’ve seen the Christians on street corners who are screaming about going to hell. You’ve seen Christians turn a blind eye. You’ve seen Christians give really crappy answers when you’re hurting.
You’ve seen Christians in church ignore the new people. You’ve seen Christians avoid you in the store. You’ve seen Christians be downright hurtful. You’ve seen Christians be just plain mean.
Here’s the thing.
Christians aren’t Christ.
I get it. Christians give Christ a bad reputation. I do it. I swear and listen to music and mutter words that would make my grandma and my Jesus blush. I’m mean. I avoid people. I get it.
I get it. We base our beliefs on what we see. We build our perceptions on our experiences. We base our opinions on what we’ve learned.
If you’ve had a bad experience or 47 bad experiences with Christians, I’m sorry.
This isn’t one of those posts that is going to end with the typical, “we’re all sinners and that’s why Jesus died for us”. although that is true - that’s not the point of this.
What I’m saying is that Christians are going to disappoint you. Christians are not always going to represent Christ. Christians are going to hurt you. Christians are going to not look like Christians all of the time.
But are you following a Christian or are you longing to follow Christ?
Are you getting to know Christians and doing things how they do them or are you getting to know who God is and why exactly He sent Jesus? Are you spending your time pouring over Instagram and trying to match your journaling bible designs to the ones you see there? Or are you spending your time pouring over the Bible and trying to match your life to the ones detailed in the stories told there?
What I’m trying to get at is this: Christians will misrepresent God. Christians will mess up, we’ll make mistakes. We’ll say the wrong things. Because we’re not God. We’re not good at being God. We’re good at being humans. We were created as humans, and God is God.
God is good at being God. God won’t misrepresent himself. God doesn’t mess up. He doesn’t make mistakes. He doesn’t say the wrong thing. He doesn’t leave. He doesn’t break his promises. He doesn’t let you down. Christians are meant to follow God. Christians are meant to become more like Jesus, not other Christians.
If you’re skeptical about this whole thing, I get it. But if you’re willing, please seek to learn who God is and not who Christians can make him out to be.
“Man seeks a principle through which he can despise men, and he invents a world so as to be able to slander and bespatter this world, but in reality, he reaches every time for nothingness and construes nothingness as God, as truth.”
—F. Nietzsche, The Will to Power, §461 (edited excerpt).
God, I know that you're with me. But why can't I see you?
I am always with you. You see me all the time.
What do you mean?
Child, I am the first light of the sunrise. I am the warmth of your pillow and the advice of your best friend. I'm the time you laughed so hard your stomach hurt, and the kindness of a stranger. Even the birds of the air sing of my love to you. The truth is, people see me everyday. Just not everyone realizes it.