Christian with the Jesus factor

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"As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, O God." - Psalm 42:1

I Am Christain

As a member of several networking forums, I am no stranger to the process of filling in one's profile. The purpose of a profile is to reveal a bit about yourself and bring some definition to who you are through your occupation, company, interests, website, blog etc.

On occasion, a profile will also include an opportunity to share information of a more personal nature such as hobbies, activities, political stand, and religious views. It is the latter that I find myself giving much thought to.

In the 2001 Census, 78 % of Canadians claimed to be Christian, yet there is seeming little similarity in how this religious view is lived out in their lives.

With so many people calling themselves a Christian, and their lives, choices, convictions and morals contradicting each other, I wonder how calling myself a Christian could possibly draw a clear picture of my religious views.

Historically, the first known usage of the term "Christian" can be found in the New Testament of the Bible (Acts 11:26) to denote those known or perceived to be followers of Jesus Christ (Christ-ian).

Beautifully and simply, Jesus' teachings could be summed up this way " love God with all our heart, soul and mind, and to love our neighbour as we love ourself" (Matt. 22: 37-39). Sadly, many who call themselves Christians have forgotten where it all began, and what it really looks like to be a Christian.

It is then, by Biblical definition that I humbly call myself a Christian. The one with the Jesus factor!

I'd like to end with the following poem emailed to me earlier this week. I can relate to it. It humbly shows the heart of one living in God's grace:

When I say I am a Christian

When I say, "I am a Christian," I'm not shouting, "I've been saved!"
I'm whispering, "I get lost! That's why I chose this way"

When I say, "I am a Christian," I don't speak with human pride
I'm confessing that I stumble - needing God 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 pray for strength to carry on

When I say, "I am a Christian," I'm not bragging of success
I'm admitting that I've failed and cannot ever pay the debt

When I say, "I am a Christian," I don't think I know it all
I submit to my confusion asking humbly to be taught

When I say, "I am a Christian," I'm not claiming to be perfect
My flaws are far too visible but God believes I'm worth it

When I say, "I am a Christian," I still feel the sting of pain
I have my share of heartache which is why I seek His name

When I say, "I am a Christian," I do not wish to judge
I have no authority – I only know I'm loved

Copyright 1988 Carol Wimmer

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