01 Sep Do You Have Time To Be A Christian?
I know. This sounds like an odd question, right? Funny thing is, it was my son who sparked this question during one of our morning devotionals. In an innocent, child-like manner, he began with this statement, “Mommy, I just don’t think I have time to be a Christian. I mean, when I get older I’m going to have my own tie business, and I’m going to be a police officer. So, I don’t think I’ll have enough time. I’m going to be pretty busy.”
He then ended his statement with this question, “What does it mean to be a Christian?”
How do I respond to this, Lord?
Honestly, my initial thought was one of judgement. But just as quickly as I thought about judging him, I was convicted of my own actions. What were my actions displaying or not displaying that made my son feel like he didn’t have time to be a follower of Christ? As a result of his statement and question, I was quickly reminded that this was me two years ago and so many of us right now.
Two years ago, I wanted to follow Christ wholeheartedly. But honestly, I thought following Christ meant I needed to be praying, having daily quiet time, serving in church rather than simply attending, and being consumed by faith. These things were to be in addition to loving God and loving others. I just didn’t have time for all that Christ-likeness. I naively did not realize these weren’t things to do; but instead, they were God’s Holy Spirit at work in me and gifts from Him as a result of my decision to follow Jesus. Some of you know exactly what I mean. I want you to know that there’s no judgement from me. Shoot, if it had not been for the Lord, I’d still be there today. And the fact of the matter is, some days I find myself back in this place. But God’s grace!
So again I’m brought back to this question…
What does it mean to be a Christian?
Being a Christian is not about how often you pray, how often you study your Word, or how often you have daily quiet time. It’s not about perfect church attendance or how many ministries in which you can serve. To be a Christian is to simply be a follower of Christ. It’s to believe and trust in Jesus Christ. A true Christian is a person who has put faith and trust in the person and work of Jesus Christ, including His death and resurrection as payment for our sins (John 1:12). Things like talking to God, spending time in His presence, and studying His Word begin to develop simultaneously once you do this. It comes as a result of the Holy Spirit working in and through you. Which brings me back to my original question…
Do you have time to be a Christian?
Or even better, do you have time not to be? I have found that with God in control, I have more time than ever before to do the things He has called me to do. After all, time is under His control. To me, being a Christian means I get to let go and let God. It means as I ask God to help me become more like Christ, His Holy Spirit works within me.
How sweet is that?! I ask God to help me become a follower of Christ, and He’s already got me covered. A true Christian is a child of God, a part of God’s family, and one who has been given new life in Jesus Christ. This isn’t just for me, but it’s the same for you. I want to encourage you today, to truly let go and let God. Make the decision today to live the life you’ve been given by Christ, for Christ. The choice is all yours!
“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” ~Romans 10: 9-10
Oh and about my conversation with my son. I’d say it went well, and I love to see God moving in him.