“More” – Developing a More Vibrant Faith PART 1
I had a guy in my office the other day and he asked a very profound yet common question. He said, “I want to be better for Christ. I want to be more consistent for Christ. I don’t want to just be emotional when I come to church on Sundays and then leave and be the same. I want to be more. What do I do?” I think his question echoes in a bunch of us.
Over the next three posts I am going to post what I shared with him and my prayer is that in this, you will discover how to be so much more.
1. I’m broken and I fall…often.
The first thing you need to be “more” for Jesus is to understand that you’re a mess. Chances are even on your best days you struggle with consistency in your faith, kindness in your relationships and control over your thoughts and words. Call it for what it is: you’re a sinner and you sin.
Here’s the deal: you’re not a sinner because you sin. Instead, you sin because you are a sinner. For example, my last name is Cooper. I am a Cooper not because I act like a Cooper. I am a Cooper because I was born a Cooper. It is the very essence of who I am. I cannot act any other way to change the fact that I was born as a member of the Cooper family. I also cannot act any other way that will change the fact that I am a sinner and my life is marked by sin because it is who I am. So when I find myself on my face after a sinful fall, I have to realize that sin happens. What I do with it determines whether I become “more” for Jesus or not.
Just because I’m a sinner and I will fall doesn’t mean that I have to spend the rest of my life on the ground. When a child learns to walk, he falls often. He takes one or two steps and then falls down. As parents, we pick him up and celebrate that he took a step or two and we encourage him to take the next step. We don’t beat him up or berate him for the fall. The same is true in our relationship with Christ. When you fall, don’t lay there and wallow in your sin. Don’t make excuses for your bad behavior. Don’t shrug it off and say, “Well, no one’s perfect.” Instead, acknowledge that you fell, get up, celebrate that you’ve come this far and take the next step in your faith! Following Jesus is not about perfection. It’s about getting up and moving forward even when you fall down.
Now, when you do fall (and you will) take a look at what caused you to trip. Take some preventative steps to remove that thing that grabbed your feet the first time so you don’t repeat the same fall. Falls hurt and the last thing you want to do is spend your life getting up only to fall on your face again over the same things. Don’t settle for the hurt of sin because you’ve been made new in Christ.
The blood of Jesus has provided for the forgiveness for your sins. The cross of Jesus offers you victory over those sins. If you want to be “more” for Jesus, understand that your life will be full of falls. Recognize them for what they are, get up and take the next step in your faith. It’s the first step to a bigger, more vibrant relationship with Jesus.