Grocery shopping the other day i picked up some kid snacks and read the side of the box. The front of the box threw out labels like healthy, organic, whole grains. But as i read the fine print i had to laugh. it said 10% organic. Really? 10%! That's nothing. Pretty much means not organic at all. As i put back the item i started thinking about christianity. What percentage was i?
Allot of times we see people that look completely “godly” at church, 100% in. Then maybe you catch them out on the town speaking foully, or drinking to excess? Or maybe it's not that dramatic. Maybe your childs sunday school teacher, (who you adore), is cold and cruel to her own child. That’s my definition of a 10% christian. There on sundays, maybe even volunteer at church functions, but once outside that church door, the 90% comes to life.
i once hear a sermon where the pastor said, is Jesus like your jacket? Do you take him off when you get a bit uncomfortable? Or maybe when you don’t want to be labeled a “goody goody” you just slip that title off.
if no one has told you this before, let me be the first, Christianity is going to make you uncomfortable. You are going to be the odd man out many times, and your feelings will probably get hurt by others. But let it be known that the blessing far out weigh the uncomfortableness you get time to time. As you grow spiritually in your walk with Christ, you will start to look at things differently. Things that you were not bothered by before, in the light of Christ might start looking differently. Maybe before you said a curse word here or there but now,your conscience starts bothering you. Pretty soon being looked at strangely for not going along with the crowd will not faze you. in fact, you might start to embrace it. Trust me, the more you grown close to Christ, the more confidence you will have in your choices, because you will know it was the right one. But none of these things will happen if you don’t do these two things: Read his word, and Pray, talk to Him!
i wish i would have understood how important this was years ago. i have wasted much of my youth not listening to the Lord. Please listen, Read your bible! it is the one true way to understand Him, and have the confidence you are going to need when trials hit,(and they will). The devil wants you to stay blind to Gods love. He loves ignorance, and he preys on it. Be warned, when you start claiming yourself as one of Gods own, some roadblocks may be thrown your way. When i started really getting into the word, and praying constantly, my life got shook up. First, my son started getting bullied at summer camp, i started having sever back pains, (one urger care visit, and a ER visit to find kidney stone, and ovarian cysts. i was stuck on the couch on pain killers for 3 weeks), and my youngest got ear infection, and was sick for a week. Now, some of you might think, “stuff happens, just a coincidence.” i have said it before, there are very few coincidences with the Lord. You may never see the reason, but there is a reason for everything. i remember calling my mother on the phone just so frustrated, (and if i'm honest, probably throwing myself a little pity party as well). After i told my tale of woe my mother said, “wow, you must be a real threat to satan if he’s working this hard to side track you”. i got quiet for a minute and thought. Well, . . . i was reading my bible daily, my husband and i started going back to church, and we had recently pulled our kids from public school, and put them in Christian school. Hmmmm, she had a point. Ever since then, when trials hit i think of myself as a threat, and it makes me happy.
Here’s the best part about my "ah ha" moment, i didn’t have to do any of this alone! Whew! What a load off my shoulders. Every choice had a right answer, and the One who knew it was there to guide me.
Psalm 73:24 “You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.”
Psalm 139:10 “Even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.”
Psalm 23:3 “He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.”
There was all the evidence i needed. Right there in black and white. So i started reading more, and here are some of the verses i made my hearts cry and prayer.
Psalm 31:3 “Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me.”
Psalm 25:5 “Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.”
i pray you hold tight to these verses, claim them for your own! God has a purpose, and destination for your life, but you need to give more than 10%.