In recent years, upon entry into the 'real world', I have come to understand that there exists a lot of misconceptions about Christians. These misconceptions have hindered many unbelievers from seeking our God.
Unfortunately, we are partly responsible for making outsiders believe that we are self-sufficiently righteous! That they dare not approach Christ without first ceasing their ways, When Christ on earth wanted them close so HE could do the cleansing work. I am committed to saying this any chance I get- Even the most sincerely authentic Jesus follower needs His grace to stay on the narrow path.
We are not at all perfect. We NEED Jesus to Be like Him! And in order to make any lasting impact, a true Jesus follower must be desperately dependent on His Spirit within! I could try and further elaborate this point; but Maya Angelou did a fantastic job of it. Please read the poem below slowly, re-read if you must. And remember, God loves you, and He desires that ALL of us come to a relationship with Him through Jesus. Kick all those barriers out of your way, and Go to Him, just the way you are.
I'M A CHRISTIAN By Maya Angelou When I say... "I am a Christian" I'm not shouting "I'm clean livin." I'm whispering "I was lost," Now I'm found and forgiven. When I say..."I am a Christian" I don't speak of this with pride. I'm confessing that I stumble and need CHRIST to be my guide. When I say... "I am a Christian" I'm not trying to be strong. I'm professing that I'm weak and need HIS strength to carry on. When I say... "I am a Christian" I'm not bragging of success. I'm admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess. When I say... "I am a Christian" I'm not claiming to be perfect, My flaws are far too visible but, God believes I am worth it. When I say... "I am a Christian" I still feel the sting of pain, I have my share of heartaches So I call upon His name. When I say... "I am a Christian" I'm not holier than thou, I'm just a simple sinner who received God's good grace, somehow.