I realize the above title may receive some attention. It is coming from someone who has been praying to Jesus consistently since he was 10 years old (and I am 50 as I write this). I have lived the Christian life seriously since I was 22. So am I being hypocritical? Have I officially lost it? Am I giving up Christianity?
The answer to all of the above questions is a definite no. After some recent reading and reflection, I was inspired to write this and share what’s on my mind. I will share three reasons why I believe you should not “become” a Christian. Now, this post has a definite purpose which comes after I share these reasons. So before you get bent out of shape, angry, or offended, I BEG YOU PLEASE read the information I have written after these three reasons. It is there that I share the true point of this article and what I believe God wants me to communicate.
In case you are wondering, here are 3 reasons I believe you should not “become” a Christian:
- “Becoming” a Christian gives the impression of reaching a milestone. It reminds me of graduating high school, receiving a promotion, or winning a championship trophy. Those are all great accomplishments, but where do you go from there?
- “Becoming” a Christian often means I am part of a religion that has to follow a bunch of difficult rules and then get offended and judgmental when others don’t follow them, or even when someone else doesn’t preach exactly in line with them.
- “Becoming” a Christian means you have to give up who you are and always live sacrificially. I need to act in a manner that is not as joyful and exciting as others who are not Christian, and I am not free to be who I want to be.
Perhaps you can think of other thoughts and reasons to add to this list. They don’t happen in every case, and I am not saying that all people who “become” Christians always act this way. These are some things that I’ve seen in my experience from those who simply become Christians without moving beyond that. And I certainly don’t say this judgmentally. Sad to say, I’ve been there, done that in all three of these categories at different times.
Anyway, I hope you are still with me at this point. If you are, thank you for not saying nasty things about me, throwing your computer, or asking God to strike me down (I forgive you if you already have). Please know that I am not bashing Christianity. In fact, I believe it’s the only way to live life. Notice how every time I talk about “becoming” a Christian, I put quotation marks. It is because I believe our main focus should not be “becoming” a Christian. When we “become” a Christian, we tend to believe and live out some of the negatives mentioned above. It’s great that you decide to give your life to Christ, but simply becoming a Christian does not move you forward. Also, I’ve seen far too often that when people simply “become” Christians, they treat life as a strict, regimented one that leaves no room for love and joy much like the Pharisees in Jesus’s day did.
So what’s the solution? Is the Christian life really so bad? No, the Christian life is not bad at all. As I mentioned, I believe it’s the best way to live. I may be playing on words here, but when I did my reading and reflection, what I realized is this. Living the Christian life successfully is not about simply becoming a Christian. It is about BEING a Christian. How is “being” a Christian different than “becoming” one? Here are 3 reasons for this side of the argument:
- When you are BEING a Christian you know exactly who you are. You know that the Spirit of God dwells within you. Instead of living in an inhibited manner lacking joy, you are living in freedom, filled with the fruits of the spirit of love, joy, peace, etc., and experiencing them in abundance.
- When you are BEING a Christian, instead of living to fulfil a bunch of regulations and requirements you are living simply to please God. Though you are not perfect, your willingness to please and glorify God enables you to live according to His commandments in a joyful manner instead of a resentful one. You are doing what Jesus would do and acting as He would act. It is this desire to be more like Him that takes over the desire to fulfil religious obligations.
- When you are BEING a Christian, you are always moving forward. It’s not a one time event that is done and forgotten. Instead, you are learning and growing each day. You are constantly seeking ways to get closer to God and learn more about Him. This brings an unbelievable peace and sense of fulfilment into your life.
Just like the first list, I can add more to this second one. In fact, I will say that there is much more to add to this list than the first one. Living the Christian life is not easy. It’s taken me a long time to realize that God wants me to BE a Christian, living out my life as He intended it to be. It is the same for you. God and His heavenly angels rejoiced when you became a Christian if you are indeed living for Christ. However, God wants you to be far more than just a label of a certain religion. He wants you, me, and everyone to live it out in the fullest way possible. And that can only be accomplished by BEING a representative of Him, knowing that our power comes from Him, and growing more in Him each day.
If you are seeking helpful ways to BE a Christian, live as He intended you to live, and experience more of His power in your life, I recommend you check out my book, “30 Days to a More Powerful Life”. Also, I encourage you to share your comments and suggestions below to help me and other readers BE the best Christians we can be.
Please know that God wants you to experience His blessings in an unbelievable way. He does not want you to live in bondage, judgment, or limitation. When you are BEING a Christian and living your life focused on His loving Spirit that is a part of you, you can Be anything you desire to Be. Enjoy the blessings 🙂