One of the hardest parts of Christianity for me is to accept. To accept the things I can not change. Accept the people that I would change. The other is forgiveness, but that is a whole other post. Since being a Christian means following Christ’s footsteps what does that look like in my life?
Jesus came to the sinners.
Luke 5:32 says “I have not come to call the righteous, but the sinners to repentance.” He accepted that, though we had a desperate need for Him- He had to come to us. He met the whores, thieves, and other sinners where they were. Even here on earth, He traveled to various towns and provinces to meet the people where they were. Jesus didn’t need us. We needed Jesus. But we didn’t go to Him. He came to us.
Think about just that for a minute. I know that, for me, if you want something from me then you have to come get it. The only exceptions to that rule are my children. You want to borrow my pressure washer? No big deal, I’m pretty generous with my things. But I’m not going to go out of my way to get it to you. Then I’m going to be pretty upset if I have to go to you to get it back. I’m only a simple human. Jesus is God.
Sometimes God does things we don’t like.
Someone I know recently lost her 9-year-old nephew. Could God have saved him? Of course. Why didn’t He? I don’t know. Again though, who am I to question Him? Job 38:4-29 takes care of that. It says, in part;
4“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell me, if you have an understanding.
12 “Have you commanded the morning since your days began,
and caused the dawn to know its place,
13 that it might take hold of the skirts of the earth and the wicked be shaken out of it?
16 “Have you entered into the springs of the sea
or walked in the recesses of the deep?
17 Have the gates of death been revealed to you,
or have you seen the gates of deep darkness?
18 Have you comprehended the expanse of the earth?
Declare, if you know all this.
29 From whose womb did the ice come forth,
and who has given birth to the frost of heaven?
I like to understand the ins and outs. I like answers to my whys. But I don’t always get that and accepting that fact is hard sometimes. But where was I when He formed the world? I was a mere idea, somewhere down the line, in His eye.
How to accept the unacceptable.
I don’t always know. My family has recently gone through some things that are really hard to swallow. Celebrate Recovery has helped a lot with that. The hardest question to ask is why not? Why did this happen in my family? Why not? God didn’t do this. Imperfect people did. Imperfect people like me. I don’t even get the “I would never..” excuse. All sin is equal in God’s eyes. His are the eyes that are important.
What does this mean in real life?
That we are to love each other as Christ loves us (John 13:34). No one said it would be easy. There’s a lot of pride to swallow. But there’s a lot of rewards too. Peace of mind (Jeremiah 29:11). The weight of the world gone (Matthew 11:30). So much more. There are a lot of “issues” with religion, and I’m not denying them. But we are called to follow Christ. Not other Christians.