During times of crises, are YOU the kind of Christian YOU would want to have around to help you get through? I was recently challenged in a message by Keith Minier, to BE the Christian I expect other Christians to be. WHO is that?

That person has such a strong sense of identity in CHRIST, that he or she has untapped reservoirs of all the characteristics that give us hope and strength. How can we have this sense of identity? Paul the Apostle wrote we are “God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved.” (Colossians 3:12) When we identify with Jesus, it gives us a sense of belonging and of being powerfully loved. Christ died to make us holy and has given us more love than a million earthly lifetimes could ever contain. When our soul’s deepest identity is in HIM, our gratitude for His love, mercy and grace to us makes us burst with “compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience” towards others. (Colossians‬ ‭3:12‬)

‬‬Isn’t this the kind of person you would love to be around—especially in a crises?

Would you complain about someone who has too much kindness or patience? No! You would WANT them around more. Are we this kind of Christian, that is, the person WE would want to be around— especially in times of trouble?

This caliber of Christian is not SELF-manufactured. We cannot simply make ourselves more kind or compassionate and achieve a sustainable level to withstand hard times. Especially when we’re having our own hard times. We have enough trouble keeping ourselves together. We need someone stronger. Thus, we must go back to the basics. Remember when you fell in love with Jesus?

The day I asked Christ to come into my heart, I said, “I do,” because I recognized my desperate need for His love. When I take the time to fall freshly in love with Him each day, His Spirit becomes my well of compassion, meekness, humility, patience and kindness. God doesn’t run out of Himself. When we’re in love with Him, we are consistently like Him.

When we become the kind of Christian we want others to be—we stop judging others based on their actions and judging ourselves only on our good intentions. Love is action. Our relationship with God constantly reminds us who we are so we know how to act. In the chaos, God’s fundamental truth—to love Him—sustains us. We respond from the love we have received, not what we have achieved. 

We become the Christian we wish others would be when we’re so in love with Christ that we love others as we are loved.

This devotional does not do justice to the depth of teaching in this sermon. To hear the full sermon upon which this devotional was based, click HERE.

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