When people tell me what I just said ‘wasn’t very Christian’ I laugh.
Of course, it probably wasn’t very Christian – that is, wasn’t very like Christ.
It was probably stupid, may have been macho, and was likely lacking love or compassion.
I laugh because, thankfully, my being Christian doesn’t depend on my actions, on what I do or what I say…thank God – or I would be destined for Satan’s eternal torture party.
I laugh, not because I am proud of my stupidity, or think I am clever or a smartass.
I don’t. And I ‘m not.
I often cringe at the way I try to ‘get on with the lads’ at work, the stupid sexual innuendos I come out with, or the long running jokes of deviancy I’ve got with a co-worker or two.
I laugh because I know my being Christian doesn’t depend on me.
I laugh because I know what makes me a Christian isn’t about what I do, but about what Christ did for me.
I laugh because I know my Christian status is because of Christ living in me and through me.
I don’t have to try to be like Christ.
Christ lives through me.
As Paul says ‘I can do everything through Christ.’
Not that I do do everything through Christ.
I wish I did.
Sometimes my tongue – which has a life of its own – gets in the way.
James was right.
All kinds of animals have been tamed by man, but no man can tame the tongue…It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
Yet as Paul says, we cannot change ourselves into His likeness. We change into His likeness, from glory to glory, as we gaze on Him –
This comes from The Lord, who is The Spirit.
(2 COR 3:18)
When people tell me I am not very Christian I laugh… because… I know I am not very Christian.
That is, I am not very Christ – like.
I laugh because, like Isaiah, I am overwhelmed with joy because
He has clothed me in a robe of His righteousness.
No matter what I do, mistakes I make, stupid things I say, to God I am as pure and as perfect as Christ.
My righteous status before God is a free gift.
And I can rest assured that the more time I spend gazing on Him, the more those undesirable qualities I have will fall away.
I will decrease, He will increase.
And for this, I cry.
Cry for joy.
Thank you, Jesus!!!