Do you see Christians as perfect? Do you have a certain view when you see a Christian make a mistake? Becoming a Christian certainly doesn’t mean there won’t be slip-ups along the way, disappointment, and doing wrong things. There will always be times of doubt and people who might tick you off. We’re simply human.
What it does mean though, is being forgiven, hope, and knowing you always have God by your side! Being a Christian isn’t about being perfect, Jesus was perfect so that we didn’t have to be and Christmas is a great time to remember this. Can you imagine as a parent sacrificing your son to a bunch of strangers like God did? Why did God do this? Because he loves us!
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him – John 3:16-17.
The true meaning of Christmas is a time of excitement because we get to celebrate this incredible act of sacrifice and love.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace – Isaiah 9:6
The real story of Christmas is all about Jesus being born. We give each other gifts to remember this great free gift and give towards friends, our loved ones and perhaps those who are less fortunate.
A Free Gift of Salvation
God gave us the beauty of free will. As humans, of course, we’re tempted to do the opposite of what the Bible says with this free will which may include lust, greed, temptation, crime, pursuing desires. The question is; Do you want this temporary pleasure right now, or eternity with God?
I’ve read some amazing stories about people who became a Christian and none of them was perfect in fact some people often say they’re destined for hell, or they’re sin is to bad;
- Former Gang Member Now Pastor: Emeal Zwayne
- ISIS Assassin Meets Jesus.
- The Jihadi who turned to Jesus
Crazy right! God performs miracles which are beyond our comprehension. If you’ve dealt with fear, anxiety, depression, loss, death, illness, hurt or whatever it may be. Nothing is too big for God to heal;
Look at the sky and see. Who created these things? Who brings out the stars one by one? He calls them all by name. Because of the greatness of his might and the strength of his power, not one of them is missing. – Isaiah 40:26
The Gift of Forgiveness
A Christmas quiz got me thinking, why are candy canes red and white? It represents the blood and purity of Christ. Forgiveness is something we were given when he died on the Cross. I’ve often struggled with forgiveness. If God forgave us we need to be able to find it in our hearts to forgive others. Easier said than done of course. It comes down to praying and having a conversation to find strength.
At the end of the day being a Christian is not about being perfect it’s about trying to live a better life, learning how to forgive others because we as humans were forgiven, sharing the good news of what God did for us, and living our lives to fulfil what God has planned for us. Yes, this may entail certain things to follow like not taking God’s name in vain or following the ten commandments. These may sound like “boring rules” to many people. I mentioned in my last blog I went on my own way to pursue alcohol and did what I wanted to do. Like a daughter who turns away from her Father, I had lost my relationship completely with God.
Giving these things up now for a life of eternity, which often leaves a gap or feeling of emptiness, is a small price to pay compared to what Jesus did for us. I now feel confident, and not afraid of what people think of me, to show people how happy and content you can be to be a Christian and still have a life full of adventure. I attend LIFE church which is full of energy, passion, upbeat music and just an amazing atmosphere in general. Learning something new about the Bible or God is always exciting.
God Gave you a Unique set of Gifts
We were all given a talent for singing, leadership, ministry, writing, or whatever it might be to change the world. Even in my own life, I felt certain hints from God. A prayer station popping up in town, a young group of people promoting the Bible in a fun way, a youth group dancing in town to tell people about an event coming up. Or about writing a blog – such as this one. It’s easy to ignore these as coincidence or not pay attention, but with God, every detail in your life is planned before you were even born.
I’m enjoying reading a book by Brian Houston, Hillsong’s Founder and global senior Pastor in, There is More;
It is paramount on this journey toward discovering more of who God is and more of what He has for you that you keep your heart uncritical, be attentive, and absorb the Word of God and the miracles every day. Be appreciative, because Thanksgiving comes before the miraculous. Take what you hear, apply it to your life and get ready! The same God who calls the stars by name is preparing to write an epic tale on the pages of your life if you would only be ready to receive.
If you haven’t read this book I highly recommend it this Christmas it’s full of encouragement and how God sees more in you than you could ever see in yourself.