I screenshot this post way back in 2020 as a simple reminder for myself and others.
During those hard months of 2020, I felt myself tempted to be fearful.
Then, I felt myself tempted to grow angry at some who decided to walk in fear of the future.
Then, I felt tempted to get “preachy” at what Christians should and shouldn’t be doing.
Then, I just stopped and had what you might call an epiphany…
At times, there is an expectation from the culture around, maybe even a demand, that we, as Christians, should never worry, fear, fail or be sinful.
As Christians, I believe we often can have the same expectation or demand of each other.
As humans, truthfully, we should all realize this is a false reality that will only bring more pain, disappointment, and often, more sin and failure to each of us.
Being a Christian doesn’t mean we will never have troubles about which to be concerned.
Being a Christ follower doesn’t mean we will never face a terror by night, a tragedy or certain death that might bring fear.
Being a believer certainly doesn’t mean we somehow never fail or never fall into sin and live a perfect, “Pollyanna” lifestyle.
And if anyone ever told you those lies, or you picked them up for yourself along the way; then, I pray you will grab your Bible right now and start reading it, cover to cover.
Our faith isn’t based on some fairytale that paints a false reality.
Our faith doesn’t result from some superpower of strength and knowledge that alters the world in which we live.
And our faith certainly isn’t founded on a plethora of perfect people, living perfect lives.
No, our whole history is filled with the wretched, the broken, the flawed and the desolate.
The only difference between my life and someone who isn’t saved is my Savior, Jesus Christ!
Because with Him, I may not always be fearless, but I will certainly fear less.
Because of Him, I may not be ever be without doubt, but I will certainly doubt less.
Because of His grace, I may not be perfect, but I can definitely live my life seeking His perfection.
Because of His mercy, I may not become sinless, but I will definitely sin less as I pursue His purpose and His plan rather than my own.
So, if you’re struggling today to live out this Christian faith without mistakes, give yourself a break and just have a little talk with Jesus.
And if you don’t know “that guy,” I challenge you to simply say His Name. Take a minute and talk to Him, too.
You might be amazed at what you’ll find…
Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’Isaiah 41:10
For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens; who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself. For the law appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath, which came after the law, appoints the Son who has been perfected forever.Hebrews 7:26-28