Cock-a-doddle-doo! Cock-a-doodle-doo! Cock-a-doodle-doo!

Man is it hard to be a Christian sometimes.  Honestly, there are days I don’t want to be nice, that I don’t want to “turn the other cheek,” or walk in love.  There are days it isn’t easy stopping to think about what is about to come out of my mouth and rearrange it to reflect Christ.  I think about the complexity of being a Christian of now to what the disciples had to face in their day and I am brought down to size at my lack of humbleness and love.

We can all think the disciples had it easy because they actually got to walk with Christ and see His miracles, but the turmoil they faced within their lives after His resurrection far out weighs anything we have encountered.  Take a look at Peter who said in Matthew 26:35 “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You,” and then 30 plus verses later denies him three times.  Can you imagine the inner struggle and turmoil he must have been going through? A man who has seen the blind receive sight, the lame walk, the dead rise, a woman become clean, thousands fed with a happy meal, and then to turn around and deny witnessing that?

Many of us would and have said the same thing to Jesus…”Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You,” but unfortunately we too have denied Him.  “What? No I have absolutely not denied Jesus and I never will,” you say? You may not have heard the rooster crow, or haven’t flat-out said the words Peter spoke, but like myself you have denied Him by your lifestyle or your language, or even the kind of clothing you choose to wear.  It is impossible to claim to have “been with Jesus”, aka call yourself a Christian, and turn around and deny him by hanging out at happy hour somewhere, cursing like a sailor or dressing provocatively. A little closer to home, it is impossible to claim to have “been with Jesus,” and flirt with “friends” on facebook or through text when you are married. The world does that and we are to set ourselves apart from the world.  I am just sad I feel I have received this truth a little late causing some around me to stumble and I am deeply troubled by that at times because I too at one time called myself Christian, but lived a life according to the ways of the world.  My actions will be accounted for one day, but until then I feel I must share my experiences 🙂

I want to encourage you that if you have been or are one of those that have denied Christ through your lifestyle, langauge, or wardrobe to repent and just ask him to transform your life into one that pleases Him. And yes, it is that easy! He is a loving God and will pick you up out your denying mess and set you on a straight path lined with His amazing grace! I truly am a testament of that grace in every way, shape and form and that I cannot deny 🙂

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