No one is a member of the body of Christ, the church, because they deserve to be. None of us grabbed God's attention by our perfection. We are sinners saved by the grace of God and although we are grateful for that we are not flawless.
The church is actually a place for people who are needy, afraid, confused and sinful. Nothing is more contagious to the unchurched than to find a place where they can come and not be judged and intimidated by the false notion that the people all around them think they have it all together. No one can be more unapproachable than a group of Christ followers who have forgotten how they received God's grace. Nothing is more repulsive than a bunch of conceited religious people.
On the other hand, nothing is more contagious than a flock of humble sinners saved by the grace of God praising God for His love! Christians struggle also and it is refreshing to hear us admit that sometimes we wrestle with being obedient to the will of God in our lives. Sometimes we also make bad choices which effect our walk with the Lord. Jesus is perfect but we are still in the molding process.
Every spiritually mature person should have an attitude of humility, an attitude of appreciation to God for His forgiveness, for the pardon that is not based on our level of accomplishment but rather based on His grace! Thank God for the blood of Jesus!
As Christians we need to focus on cultivating a contagious attitude so that the unchurched will want what we have regarding our relationship with the Lord. God allowed us to come to Him for salvation even in our imperfect state, while we were still sinners. He is perfect and holy but He didn't wait for us to clean up our act and then allow us to come to Him. He accepted us just the way we were so we could ask God to forgive us right were we were of our sins. He cleansed us and made us white as snow at that moment. He wiped the slate clean. Our sins were forgiven and buried in the deepest sea.
We must allow others to come searching for Him the same way. We must encourage them to come as they are. We need to destroy any barriers that stand in the way of the unchurched coming to God because they think they don't measure up to our standards or are not good enough. We must guard against sending out the wrong signals to others who don't yet know Christ.
Always be ready to tell everyone who asks you why you believe as you do. Be gentle as you speak and show respect. 1 Peter 3:15 (NLV) Show genuine interest in the opinions of others, in their doubts, fears, anxieties, even though you don't agree or don't know why they would possess such viewpoints. You may have to work to find the time to listen and we all know women are much better listeners than men! Sometimes a co-worker may approach you when you are supposed to be carrying out a work responsibility and you can't talk. But as often as you can, make time for others and their perspectives, even if their focal point is diametrically opposed to yours. Respect their opinion. Plant a seed.
Creating a culture of dialogue is essential to healthy faith formation. We shouldn't squirm and frown when seekers ask pertinent questions. We should smile and approve of their interest. Be contagious in your walk with Christ. Let them see God through you .
A contagious Christ follower, a contagious church , is one where we don't boast about our goodness but we boast about the greatness of God! When Christ followers honestly admit that it isn't their goodness that earned them a place at God's table - it's so refreshing that it's contagious!
Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory. Romans 15:7 (NLT) Be grace with skin on.
If you've ever been to an art museum or art exhibit then you know what it's like to marvel at the work of master artists. Some of these works of art are worth millions and others are considered "priceless" because of the rare talent utilized in their composition. Who gets the credit for painting the great work of art? The Master! The one who created the masterpiece gets the credit - whether it was Michelangelo or Rembrandt or Van Gogh or Joe Schmo. You wouldn't walk into a museum and begin to take the credit for the work and dedication and talent of the artist would you? Neither should we try to take credit for the incredible work God is doing in our lives.
When we brag on God's grace instead of bragging on ourselves we give credit to the One to whom it belongs. Then others around us are able to see God's grace and what it can do for them by seeing what it has done for us!
I am thankful today for God's grace and His mercy.
I am thankful today for God's faithful provisions in my life.
I am thankful today for the hand of God directing the hand of the surgeon during my husband's recent back surgery.
I am thankful the for the healing power of Jesus Christ and the work he is doing in my husband.
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I am thankful for the encouraging words and prayers of my blogger friends. Although I have never met you I feel like I have known you forever.
Be contagious in your walk with Christ! Blessings to each of you today!