I'm sure many of you have read this before, but I hadn't until now...When I say that 'I am a Christian,' I am not shouting that 'I am clean living.' I'm whispering 'I was lost, but now I'm found and forgiven.' When I say 'I am a Christian,' I don't speak of this with pride.I'm confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide. When I say 'I am a Christian,' I'm not trying to be strong.I'm professing that I'm weak and need His strength to carry on.When I say 'I am a Christian,' I'm not bragging of success.I'm admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess. When I say 'I am a Christian,' I'm not claiming to be perfect.My flaws are far too visible, but God believes I am worth it.When I say 'I am a Christian,' I still feel the sting of pain.I have my share of heartaches, so I call upon His name.When I say 'I am a Christian,' I'm not holier than thou,I'm just a simple sinner who received God's good grace, somehow!
Hi Brian, I appreciate what you've shared here. I am thinking that you would agree that that a Christian is one who is living to a much higher standard than the lost are; a standard governed by the 'law of love' that the Holy Spirit has placed in his/her heart. And yet, as this poem points out, we are not those who have arrived. We are not perfect. We are ones who are glad to confess that we are weak and not strong, and are constantly in need of Christ for strength and wisdom. When a person moves close to a light source, they are made to see any dirt and imperfections on their clothes, though they had not previously seen these things, when standing in the shadows. In a similar way, when we draw near to Christ, we become illuminated to the condition of our sinfulness, though it has been there all along. I believe that 'brokenness' will be a defining characteristic of us when we draw close to Christ. You see this brokenness manifested in the lives of saints throughout the ages, including many who experienced a powerful move of God, during the fires of revival. I love that simple prayer that Evan Roberts was known to pray, 'Bend me, oh bend me Lord'. I was interested to know what some specific experiences my brothers and sisters in Christ have gone through, which you feel have brought about a brokenness in your life, at certain points in your life. What 'tools' does God use to bring about this quality in our lives, or the lives of others we know ?In Jesus,John
I was interested to know what some specific experiences my brothers and sisters in Christ have gone through, which you feel have brought about a brokenness in your life, at certain points in your life. What 'tools' does God use to bring about this quality in our lives, or the lives of others we know ?
I've been a convert for about 20 years living a rollercoaster type of Christian life. I don't remember the actual event that caused my conversion, but the earliest memory was attending the "Heaven's Gate, Hell's Flames" drama at my church. I was young and didn't know, but I was scared into accepting Christ. After that I was up and down over the years never really understanding nor seeking myself. I was a very shallow Christian...and very defeated. My biggest sin to my knowledge at that time was internet pornography. Satan had my number and I was calling. I could never break the addiction on my own. I could go a month or so without, but then I'd be back to it. My marriage was suffering and why she never left me was by the grace of God. The Lord led me to a place of brokenness and victory and now I've been porn free for almost two years. The Lord then lead me to a series of people that would become true Brothers and Sisters. I finally found out what I was missing. That I need to be a disciple, not just a convert. Through the Lord and Brother Zac Poonen's messages, more and more light has been shed on so many areas of my life. I've come to understand the truth and in many areas I've been set free. I know that God has only peeled one layer of the onion that causes me to be unholy...but I am persevering to press onto perfection. I want to be broken in every area of my life that is not Christ-like. That is just a small description of me and my life with Christ. Maybe I'm not the only like myself. God Bless all who seek holiness.