In the past, that was how I often felt when I observed the behaviors of some people who call themselves Christians. Disappointed. It was hard not to question what ‘having faith’ meant when Christians were gossiping, using profanity, lying and basically not looking any different than the unbelieving world around us.
Where’s the transformation?
Where is the evidence that the Holy Spirit is alive inside of us?
The fact that I wasn’t impressed by many Christian’s behavior kept me from seriously working on my relationship with Christ. What’s the use?
I was stuck in that thinking for a while until my husband gave me a word of truth that entirely flipped my perspective. He said, “Judy, you need to get your eyes off of people and focus on Jesus.”
Bam! He was so right! I was being stalled in growing in my faith by looking at the faults of people instead of using Jesus’ role-model as my guide.
After refocusing, I no longer have Christians up on a pedestal. My expectations of the behavior of Christians has become more reasonable – we are all people who need God’s grace living in a broken world. Yes, even pastors and leaders in the church are in need of God’s grace.
One of the reasons God sent Jesus to earth was to give us a real live example of how we should live. I have started focusing on Jesus and his behavior, not people. Jesus is perfect, people definitely aren’t. Other Christians will disappoint me, hurt me and they might say and do things that are not helpful or even true.
Since I’ve gotten my eyes set on Jesus, I know my response to these disappointing behaviors needs to be grace, love and forgiveness. Christians are also called to hold each other accountable – with love and truth. That’s what Jesus did as he constantly had to deal with the ‘humanness’ of his disciples.
Jesus is my role-model. He perfectly balanced love and truth. He is forever faithful and trustworthy.
He never disappoints.
Thank you, Jesus.