We are Christians because of our faith in Christ, yet we have this amazing responsibility to act like Christians also.
God has chosen us and as His chosen followers we have to live a life that is visibly different from those not living for God. A sincere good life.
But what is this definition of good?
God’s standard is good, pure and holy. We have to compare ourselves with God’s standard. The Bible is where God describes how a real Christian should live. Just read the book James. It describes great values and characteristics of a real Christian.
We often create our own standard by looking at other people.
The Bible says that comparing yourself with others is not wise.
2 Corinthians 10:12 NIV
We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.
We go out and criticize other Christians so that they look bad compared to us. We do this so that we look good in our own eyes and we comfort ourselves through this. We begin to think that our sin isn’t that bad, because we highlight the failures in other Christians and suddenly we are living a good and pure life compared to them.
We have created this standard where being less hypocritical than hypocritical Christians are seen as being “pure and holy.” Even though we also live worldly and sinful lives, just because when we compare ourselves with others we seem to be “not as bad as they are” and then we consciously or unconsciously think that we live pure lives and they impure lives.
In our eyes we live a “good” life because we live a less bad life than those who say they are Christians but don’t live like it, so consequently we feel we are doing okay as Christians.
The question is, would you really feel okay with your Christian life if you stopped comparing yourself with others and started comparing yourself with the Bible?
We need to face reality and confess that hey, we are not that great of a Christian. In fact if it wasn’t for what Jesus Christ did we wouldn’t be worthy of being called a Christian. Our deeds aren’t good enough to entitle us as Christians. But Christ did die for us and He did overcome the grave, so we are Christians. Thus we must learn how to live like Christians and daily compare ourselves with His standard. And remember, this is who you were made to be. You’re not striving to live like someone you’re not, this is who you are. Christians live a Christian life!
So let’s start to be who we are in Christ even in such a broken world. Let’s stop searching for the two people in our lives that’s worse than what we are, comparing ourselves to them and coming to a conclusion that we are worthy Christians based on our lives.