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.
To give more a backstory, I gave my life to Jesus 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 secretaries at my school 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.
I do not want to be a a “typical” Christian woman, for I want to be a woman who seeks to be in love with Christ daily, who understands her need for Christ daily, and who understands that Christ deserves my all, not just parts of me. Now, we will have moments where we fail, where we sin, and we aren’t perfect, but we should seek Christ, we should be grateful for His grace, and we should seek to grow even if it means being uncomfortable.
In 2018, anyone can tag themselves with a label, and “Christian” is the most popular one to tag yourself with, for many think that being a Christian means being a “good person” or by other means. 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 label, for a godly woman must pick up her cross and follow Him.
““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? The Word says that the narrow path is only walked by few while the wide path is walked by many, and almost every American claims to be a “Christian” of some sort due to being good, for the number one question people as is, “Why would God send “good people” to Hell,” but in reality, none are good, no not one.
I am not just a “label,” but I am a woman 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 label, I am so much more than walking the wide path, and the suffering of Christ means so much to me, that I will not stand to be known as “typical,” but I want to be know as fully in love with Jesus.
My walk with Christ is so much more than being “typical,” for what Jesus did for me was not typical, it was filled with grace and redemption. I am a daughter of the King, and I am going to embrace that in grace, truth, and kindness.
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 of my faith in Jesus, and it is He that is now living within me. I cannot be alive without Him living in my heart, and without Him living in your heart, then your heart is spiritually dead.
“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, and though she falls short of His glory, He picks her right up. A woman who fears the Lord 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 have the Word written on your heart, you have to apply the Word, and you must take His Word seriously, for the Word became flesh.
To all of my ladies, don’t be a typical Christian woman, but be a godly woman, because the typical church going lady that the world wants as our model 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 “Christian” lady, because without Jesus, I am nothing, and if I do not have Jesus, then the only person I am playing is myself.