When I became a Christian, some things were harder for me to grasp, simply because I thought everything in my life had to be in perfect order.
During this time, I learned that Christian life can be inconvenient if I focused more on Christianity than Christ.
Let’s expose some of these myths about Christian life together:
To be a Christian means that I have to have my life together.
I don’t know about you, but I am so relieved to know that Jesus came to do life with sinners, the poor in spirit, and everyday spiritual beggars. He came to live among people like you and me.
And not only does he live among us, but He welcomes us to follow Him; weaknesses, struggles, and all.
Ephesians 2:8-9 (NLT) says,
“God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.”
God knows that we, as humans, are not capable of living a perfect, sinless life. Yet, He still sent His Son so that our relationship would be reconciled right where we are.
He invites us to walk in His freedom from sin as we surrender our lives to Him.
Christian life is boring.
In the journey of leaving our life of sin behind us, it can cause us to question what our new life will look like.
“What am I allowed to do? How can I have fun? Will my life be boring?”
Let me encourage you in saying that in Christ, legalism is broken. There are no rules that we must follow because we are Christians.
However, there are two non-negotiables for us as believers: that we would love God with all our heart, soul, and mind, and love others as ourselves (Matthew 22:36-40).
It is through these two decrees that we are able to love God, love others, and live transformed lives.
Friend, this opens up a whole world of opportunity! When we open our hearts to Christ, we receive the Holy Spirit. With His Spirit, we are equipped to love, we are filled with boldness and courage to serve those in our cities, workplaces, and even in our homes. We are given His shalom to extend to a hurting world.
Being a Christian doesn’t mean that our freedoms are taken, despite these myths about Christian life. In following Christ, we can walk in freedom to be who we are meant to be, Daughters of God.
To share the Gospel, you have to know the entire Bible.
The word Gospel in Hebrew and Greek refers to “good news” or “to bring or announce good news”.
For me, sharing the Gospel felt so overwhelming concerning the work Jesus did on the cross. I felt so much anxiety around knowing who Jesus was and every detail about His life and being able to communicate the theology of the Bible without leading others astray.
Talk about pressure!
But there is good news – our testimony is His testimony. Every time we tell our own story about how Jesus rescued us from our darkest days, we are speaking light and truth to someone who may need a lifeline. Each time we share how God has been faithful through impossible circumstances in our lives, we are sharing the Gospel.
The Good News is relational, experiential, and personal.
Following Christ is the most transformative choice of our lives. Not only will it lead to everlasting life, but through the Holy Spirit, we will be bearers of His light, love, and mercy for generations to come.