Noun. A person who has received Christian baptism or is a believer in Jesus Christ and His teachings.
-The World’s Dictionary
Noun. A person who is like Christ.
Belief is not a doctrine, it demands expression.
Our world often makes us compromise what we believe and how we live our faith. Our world tells us that going to church on Sundays is enough, that serving is enough, that not committing murder or stealing is enough – essentially that it is okay to be “enough” and that there is a limit, both minimum and maximum, to how much “God” we let into our lives. However, when we only let God change a small part of our lives, we compartmentalize and compromise our fellowship with Him as His children. Instead of giving God our all and laying down every distraction, God becomes the distraction in our lives.
We often settle for being the worldly “Christian.” We sometimes believe, and thus live our lives in such a way, that being baptized is enough, and we don’t need to do anything more. Yes, we are saved by grace and not good works. That is not an excuse to be lazy and complacent in our faith though. If we really believed that Jesus died on the cross for us to save us from our sins, from ourselves, from our well-deserved eternal death, I can’t help but think that that changes everything. It can’t just stop at “cool story bro” once we hear and accept the Gospel; we are called to be like Christ. To go from our darkness to the light that is Jesus Christ demands a complete renewing of the mind, body, and spirit. There really is no halfway or compromise.
So why a start a blog?
I’d like to start off by saying that I am not an English major; I have no business writing anything. Actually, I probably shouldn’t even have a blog since my writing is hardly ever coherent. However, God doesn’t call the qualified – He qualifies the called (this is a basically a backhanded compliment/reassurance for all of us who have no discernible talents). Recently, God has created so many experiences that have taught me so much that I can’t help but share with others what I’ve pondered and learned, and what I still have yet to learn. Also, since we’re spending an eternity in heaven together, might as well start the process of getting to know each other now; I hope this blog will give some insight into the chaotic mess that is my thoughts and my life.