What kind of Christian am I? I didn’t stop to ask this question until recently. As someone who loves God and is passionate about the gospel, I guess I have always had this confidence that I’m a pretty “good Christian”. But lately, I have started asking myself: “Who really is a good Christian?”
Actually is there any such thing as a “good Christian”? If I call myself a good Christian, then who are the bad ones? The more I thought about it, the more I realized that it’s a certain kind of pride for me to see myself as a “good Christian” while unconsciously looking down on others who (seem to) don’t do what I do or who I think are not as “committed” as I am.
You see, it’s actually quite easy for most of us church going, social media preaching, scripture tweeting, gospel music listening folks to turn up our noses at fellow Christians struggling with addictions, habits and other “visible sins”. We are quick to label them and internally congratulate ourselves on how “spiritually mature” we are.
But the truth is, we are all struggling Christians. Some struggle more than others, some issues are more visible than the others but the fact remains that ALL of us have some area that we need perfection.
You know what? I really believe that there is no such thing as “good Christian/bad Christian”. Because, when we accepted Christ, he MADE us good! He MADE us holy.
1 Corinthians 1:30 NLT
30 God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin.
That’s who we are! To suggest that some Christians are “good” while others are not, suggests that the good ones have done something that made them good.
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Romans 12: 3 NLT
Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.
So what kind of Christian am I? Well, I know that I’m the kind of Christian who survives everyday by grace, who still struggles with doubt, fear and sometimes outright unbelief and whose righteousness depends solely on what Jesus has done for me. I don’t know everything, I don’t have all the answers, I can barely tell the direction my life is going, but one thing I do know is: God does not love me because I am a “good Christian”; God will make me good because he loves me.