6 “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’
There is no in between. Either you are Christian or not. And there is only one way to get there.
Some of us say that some are “more Christian” than others. Why? When did becoming a Christian make us perfect? When did becoming Christian stop us from being human?
This may come as a shock to some and may be controversial to others but being a Christian means believing. Nothing more. However, the beginning of our belief is not the end of our growth. It is a continuation of our growth. A process that moves forward. A process that changes our hearts and the things we do in life. A process that lasts until we take our last breath on earth or until Jesus returns.
Instead of letting this process happen we think that we have some sort of right to condemn and put our thumb on those who make bad choices and those who make mistakes. We try to control them. We think that our growth has stopped just because we started believing sooner than someone else. We think that instead of it giving us a platform to lead from and shine a light for someone to follow, it gives us a high seat on some special council we made up in our heads that is the ultimate authority on what a Christian is supposed to “look like”.
When are we going to stop trying to control and spend more time letting God have control. You may not think someone is worthy of God’s love and mercy but guess what…neither are you!!! None of us are!! That’s why Jesus came in the first place!! Haven’t you read that?! Or did you forget that Jesus came for the lowest of us and, actually, condemned those who thought they were “more Christian” than the “common sinner”?! How many times did you see him call out the religious leaders of His time?
I once had a conversation with a friend. The conversation led to us discussing what would happen if you put every Christian from every denomination in the same room? We concluded that they would bicker among each other about who has stronger faith. Or who has better standards. Or who are better Christians. They would forget why they should be there in the first place. To worship and grow together. They would end up forgetting about the one person in the room that needed to hear the Gospel because they wanted to “one-up” each other. We as a collective have lost sight of what is important in our faith, growth and journey. Pay attention to what it says here:
2 “Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—”
Notice how it says GROW up? And this next verse just nails it on the head!
6 “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”
…WILL BRING IT TO COMPLETION.
AT THE DAY OF JESUS CHRIST.
If that doesn’t excite you I don’t know what will. And if that doesn’t humble you I don’t know what will. That should serve to remind us that we will ALWAYS be growing in our faith because JESUS CHRIST will ALWAYS be working on us until HE returns!
So back off and let people grow in their faith. Help them nurture that growth by living the way YOU should. Set the example and be there for them to lean on during the struggle. Focus on your growth first so it can be a light to others that aren’t at that point in their journey. Remember where you came from. You weren’t exactly a shiny diamond in the beginning. And remember you are still not where you need to be. To lead others, you need to FIRST lead yourself through your faith in Christ.