A teacher friend of mine confronted the issue of foul language from her students in class recently. She told them it simply would not be tolerated.
One of the students asked if it bothers her because she is a Christian.
My friend responded that she is indeed a Christian.
Another student asked, “are you a 100% Christian?”
This sparked a lively discussion in our Sunday school class a couple of days later and has triggered my own thoughts on the subject since.
What is a 100% Christian?
Jesus gave the first commandment to
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul,
and with all your mind – Matt 22:37.
Does living out this commandment make us a 100% Christian?
How much of ourselves and our lives have we truly given to God?
Do we speak daily without ever uttering a ‘bad” word, yet let gossip slither through our lips with ease?
Do we give generously to our church every week, yet covet our neighbor’s new car?
Do we offer prayer for the friend who is dealing with a prodigal child, yet gloat that our son holds a great job?
Do we profess our faith in public, yet pace the floor in panic when adversity comes out way because we just can’t let go and trust God?
Am I a 100% Christian? I like to think I am. I accepted Jesus as my Savior years ago, and I’m secure in the knowledge that He is. He’s kept His end of the bargain, but have I kept mine?
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
He wants us to trust Him, to rely on Him, to seek Him out, to be in relationship with Him. His door is always open, but how many times do I slam mine in His face?
I don’t have time to talk to you right now, Lord.
I don’t want to hear what You’re saying, Lord.
I can figure it out on my own, Lord.
You just wouldn’t understand my problem, Lord.
Every time my path becomes crooked and I lose my way, I look back and realize it was because I pulled away from God’s guiding hand. He was right there all the time. I just let my eyes wander from Him.
The more I think about this question, the more I realize how fortunate I am to be one of God’s children. I can say with 100% certainly that He has never looked at me once with the thought that on any given day, I’m 25% his child, and if I strive to do better tomorrow, maybe I’ll make it to 50%.
Whether I act like a Christian 25% of the time or 50% of the time, I’m still, by His grace, 100% His!