What is a christian not? 

A christian is not someone whose life is perfect, who has it all figured out and never makes any mistakes or faces any hurt or troubles in their lives. It’s not all just green grass, pretty flowers with butterflies and rainbows…

A christian is not someone that always needs to smile and wave… Put on a happy mask and tell the “word” that life is perfect. Being a christian is not the easy path, not in this world.. and especially not because of the image the world has about christians.

  • As a christian not the strongest – you actually know that you are weak and that you alone under your own strength are not able to accomplish much.
  • As a christian you are not the smartest – you have to acknowledge that you don’t have all or even any of the answers, that you constantly need to seek God, seek the Holy Spirit and pray for wisdom and answers
  • As a christian you are not perfect – you acknowledge that you are far from perfect that you are and sinner and that you need a saviour, you know that you need to call on Jesus to save you to help you and to guide you every day every moment of every day
  • As a christian you are not better than anyone – we know that we are all made in the image of God, all races, all languages, all colours and that God loves all of us, and would like to all of us to know Him

a Christian is not someone that attends church, even work in the church or spend all their time in the church it has little to do with what you complete on an application form when they ask “religion”.  What does it mean if I tick that box on the application form anyway? If I was a real christian my life should reflect that and I would not need to tell anyone they would say to me… “you must be a christian”

What is a christian then…

What is a Christian?

I grew up as a christian because I was told I’m one and I was forced to go to church on Sundays and attend Sunday school and kind of vaguely knew the stories of the bible. Adam and Eve, Noah’s Ark, David and Goliath, Samson, etc.

  • Did knowing these stories and some Psalms and hymns make me a christian?
  • Did the fact that I attended church most Sunday’s make me a christian?
  • Did the fact that my parents were christians and that they told me I was a christian make me a christian
  • Did the fact that I know about someone named Jesus make me a christian

Well I thought so… and if you look at my past I cannot blame anyone saying that they did not want to be a christian or did not what to believe in the same God that I believed in…

The problem is that I did not really believe in anything, I did not even know there was anything that I needed to believe, to me these sunday school stories where just stories… Like once upon a time there lived a man named Noa…

I did not really know who God is, who Jesus is, who the Holy Spirit is… What is it that I had to believe to be a christian anyway?

At school I was taught and had to write exams on dinosaurs that lived millions of years ago, how everything evolved over million of years, and how my ancestors were similar to chimpanzees or apes, these where taught to me to be facts, not just stories like the story of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, and Noah’s ark.

So of cause I believed these as facts, I never once opened a Bible other than in church on Sunday’s. I never really understood what the pastor was saying, to me it was allot like listening to a motivational speaker at a seminar. Sundays kind of gave me motivation for the week, well some churches, other churches made me feel like a bad person so did not go there again… I seeked out the churches that made me feel good, gave me motivation for the week. Even though allot of the time the motivation will be gone in Monday morning traffic to work…

I can now say that I’m a christian, and that I’m on a journey to learn who God is, who Jesus is and who the Holy Spirit is and how they are One and what is more is just how important little old me and you are to Him, the One to I am…

Reference verses

1 Cor 10:31 “So then, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you may do, do all for the honor and glory of God.” AMP

Ps 34:18 “The LORD is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” NIV

1 Cor 10:29-31 “But, except for these special cases, I’m not going to walk around on eggshells worrying about what small-minded people might say; I’m going to stride free and easy, knowing what our large-minded Master has already said. if I eat what is served to me, grateful to God for what is on the table, how can I worry about what someone will say? I thanked God for it and he blessed it! So eat your meals heartily, not worrying about what others say about you — you’re eating to God’s glory, after all, not to please them. As a matter of fact, do everything that way, heartily and freely to God’s glory.” – THE MESSAGE

Rom 8:31-32 “What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all-how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” NIV

Gal 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control.” NIV