What would you think if you were on an airplane, enjoying the sights of the wispy clouds underneath the wings only to hear over the speaker that your pilot hopes you enjoy the flight but just wanted you to know he’s not certain how to land? You see, he never learned how.
Or what if you’re in a waiting room while your spouse or parent is having heart surgery only to have a waiting room attendant approach you and ask for your patience because the doctor doesn’t really know how to perform the procedure? It seems he’s never operated on anyone before.
Claiming to be someone like a surgeon or a pilot and not really being one is dangerous. You put others’ lives at risk. Why would you do such a thing? For your own glory or reputation or paycheck? Sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? Pretending to be someone and putting yourself in that position and then shrugging it off like, “Well I can sort of do this job. Isn’t that good enough?” Who would do such a dangerous thing?
And yet there are people who claim to be Christians but don’t know God’s Word, don’t know Jesus Christ as their Savior or maybe they know just enough to make them dangerous. They know of Christianity, but they pick out what they want and run with it, leaving the “uncomfortable” parts behind.
Hmmm. Maybe that’s why there are some who see “Christians” and don’t want anything to do with them. Because they see the dangerous ones, the ones who lash out, not love.
Please God, help me, help us, to be Christ-like Christians who study your Word, who live and love like Your Son, Jesus Christ.
If Jesus Christ were here, He would love others even when they fail or if they make a wrong decision and have to turn around. He’d walk with them the whole time, never once letting them believe they’re not worth His time. He’d love them in the middle of their best day ever, and He would hit the floor with them when they collapse during the worst day of their lives.
Jesus would pray for them constantly, asking the Father to guide them, and He would provide for them when they were in need. He would come along side of them and comfort them when they hurt. He would empathize and cry with them because He understands their pain. He would never make fun of, criticize, ridicule, compare, gossip, and lash out at as they try to get closer to the Father when their attempts fall short and they stumble. Rather, He would lift them up, wipe the dirt and tears from their faces, kiss their scraped knees, grab hold of their hands, and whisper, “It’s okay. I’ll help you. Follow me.”
If only Jesus were here…
That’s just it. Jesus Christ IS here. He’s in every believer through His Holy Spirit. But if we deny Him or walk halfway with Him just to carry the Christian label, our dangerous actions may be enough to cause others to stumble and look elsewhere for a hand to lift them up.
“If someone claims, “I know God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth. But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him. Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.” (1John 2:4-6 NLT.)