I’m going to start 2018 with a lesson for my ladies, and I feel like we should make this year the year where we refuse to be the typical “Christian lady,” and I’ll explain why.
For the most of my life, I was raised in Christian school; however, halfway through my sophomore year of high school, I had to transfer to a public school, but now I am back to a Christian university and I have noticed things throughout my years in Christian schooling.
Anyways, to give more a backstory, I gave my life to Jesus Christ when I was a few weeks away from my 13th birthday, so during eighth grade and high school, my walk with Christ was just starting out. However, even when I first gave my life to Christ and I was still new in my faith, I got a comment from one of the ladies who worked at the church I attended that had me confused for sometime; “You’re not the typical Christian girl.”
I was very confused by that comment, but I would always have people tell me over the years, and it made me worry. I remember asking my mom “Is that a bad thing?” As I am now in my twenties and my faith in Christ has strengthen beyond belief, I have realized that the comment I was given was the best compliment I could ever receive.
I wrote about how I do not want to date the “typical” church going guy, but now it’s time we flip the tables.
In today’s society, the “typical Christian lady” praises Jesus on Sunday while living her life as she pleases on Monday, she strives to please man, and I saw this theme a lot during my days in Christian school during my time in high school. The girls were very mean to other girls or viewed themselves as better than others, but when they were in chapel, they acted like angels.
This ladies and gentlemen, is the current day “typical Christian lady,” and I do not want to be like that. I am pretty sure we all have to admit, we see the happening a lot in today’s day, and a lot of people fall into that category, but I don’t just life my faith when people are watching me, but I live it even when I am not being watched.
I met a young lady not to long ago in a Bible study, and I admired her due to how godly I thought she was, but then when I met her when she was alone, she was a person I didn’t even recognize.
I was utterly shocked at the person who was before me, and this had me wondering; is this how typical Christian ladies in our society act these days? Then it clicked.
Anyone can tag themselves with a label, and “Christian” is the most popular one to tag yourself with. Being a follower of Christ is not just a label, it’s a relationship, and that is where we see the different between a godly woman and a the typical Christian woman. Yes, we are Christians, but our faith doesn’t just stop there, but it goes deeper than the label.
““Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” Matthew 7:21-23
Anyone can say “I’m a Christian,” but that does not mean they are. Those who do the will of the Father are truly following Jesus Christ, and the road to the Father is very narrow, and those who pick up their cross walk that path.
There is a difference in being a label and being an actual follower.
I know the heat is going to rise with that statement, but it is true; “There is a difference in being a label and being an actual follower of Christ.”
I am not just a “label,” but I am an actual lady who has been forgiven by the blood of Jesus Christ, who has been redeemed, who has been pulled from her darkness, and has been placed onto soil ground.
I am so much more than the typical Christian girl, I am so much more than the girl who lifts her hands during praise and worship on Sunday, but then lives as if she is apart of the world on Monday.
My walk with Christ is so much more than that!
I am a daughter of God, and I am going to act like one. The different between the typical Christian lady and me is authenticity.
I love Jesus, I love Him entirely, and I do not just “like” the idea of Him, but I love Him because I need Him, I love Him because I know that I do not deserve what He did, so in return, I will pick up my cross and follow Him.
I am not a Christian because of what I do, but I am a Christian because in order to live and thrive, He has to live inside of me. I cannot be alive without Him living in my heart, and without Him living in your heart, then your heart is spiritually dead.
If your heart is dead, but you still label yourself a “Christian,” then all you are is a typical label, and that is it.
“Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.” Proverbs 31:10
That is why charm is deceptive! Anyone can say one thing, but be the other, however, a woman who truly fears the Lord will be praised! A woman who fears the Lord, strives to be like Christ all the time. She seeks Him, she follows Him, and she does not just hear the word, but she does the word.
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.” James 1:22-25
There is a difference between hearing and doing, just like there is a difference in a label and a relationship. You cannot just hear the Word, but you have to do the Word! What good does it do us if we only listen and not put the gospel into practice?
Like I mentioned about typical church going guys, I am going to say the same about typical church going ladies in society, they normally only hear the Word, but do not apply it.
I know I’ve been writing posts that can cause conviction lately, but God has been placing these truths on my heart, and the truth isn’t always sweet, but it’s meant to convict.
I am so much more than a typical Christian lady, because I don’t live my life one way and then another, I don’t play God, I practice the Word, and I do not stop at the surface.
To all of my ladies, don’t be a typical Christian woman, but be a godly woman, because the typical church going lady only goes with the flow with no real heartfelt intentions, but a true follower of Christ picks up her cross because she knows her Savior is the way to eternal life.
And that is why I am more than the typical lady who goes to church and tags herself as “Christian,” because without a heart relationship with Jesus, I am nothing, and if I do not have Jesus, then the only person I am playing is myself.