Hi guys, so as you will know, I am person who is passionate about Christ. But I want to know if (if you are a Christian) have people assumed a lot about you, I mean the general - for me it's always been "Oh she thinks she perfect" or "She's living in a fairytale - "She don't go through no pain" etc. etc. But Jesus said "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven...." -Matthew 5: 10-12. So no, I'm not perfect, nor am I living in a 'fairytale' in fact far from it I go through pain just as everyone else I just choose to rest my hope on someone who is greater than I am, someone that doesn't stress out every two seconds like I do. God.
So the task of a Christian isn't easy but that is when we need Lord Jesus Christ to pull us through Think of it as this way - Martin Luther King didn't just sit on his bum and expect peace - No he had to fight for it, he depended on Jesus to carry him through and in the end was it not him that won the battle? But at the end of the day, he Martin Luther King had just as many emotions as you and I have, he had the same dream and shared the same faith that most of us do- but what made him different was the fact that he chose to take action in that. The word of god says "But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds. Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do". See so faith isn't just saying something -but rather doing it. It's like someone saying their a vegetarian and going of to KFC to order a 13 piece family bucket for themselves - Doesn't make sense right? No. Anyway Without violence, Martin Luther King brought about freedom and understanding but none of this would've been possible without his faith in Jesus Christ. And so I bring you to this poem which is my favourite poem as of today because it just answers the questions that people tend to ask about [us] Christians; Written by Maya Angelou she once again doesn't fail to amaze me; here it goes.
When I say... "I am a Christian" I'm not shouting "I'm clean livin. "I'm whispering "I was lost," Now I'm found and forgiven.
When I say..."I am a Christian" I don't speak of this with pride. I'm confessing that I stumble and need CHRIST to be my guide.
When I say... "I am a Christian" I'm not trying to be strong. I'm professing that I'm weak and need HIS strength to carry on.
When I say... "I am a Christian" I'm not bragging of success. I'm admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.
When I say... "I am a Christian" I'm not claiming to be perfect, My flaws are far too visible but, God believes I am worth it.
When I say... "I am a Christian" I still feel the sting of pain,I have my share of heartaches so I call upon His name.
When I say... "I am a Christian" I'm not holier than thou, I'm just a simple sinner who received God's good grace, somehow.