Published June 22, 2010
Recently I was talking with Rodney Griffin of Greater Vision. During the conversation, he asked me, "Can you sing?"
"Oh, no. I can't sing," I replied immediately, almost reflexively.
But as I thought about it, that wasn't necessarily a correct answer. Compared to the professional singers that we listen to constantly, I can't sing. However, in our local church, I do sing during the congregational singing. Basically, I stay on tune and, yes, I enjoy singing.
In the same way, if I were asked whether I am a good Christian, my answer would vary. Depending on who I compare with myself, I could be proud or full of shame. I'm sure I could say I am a better Christian than someone. There are lots of things I don't do that I shouldn't do and that makes me better. There are times I share Jesus and that makes me better.
So, am I a good Christian? Sure.
However, when I look at Jesus Himself and how He lived His life, my answer wouldn't be so "high and mighty." Compared to a perfect God, I have a very long way to go. Compared to the One who is not only "Christ-like," but Who is indeed Christ, I am not even close to being called a good Christian. In fact, based on my own goodness, I can't even call myself Christian.
My Christian name comes because I have accepted the gift of Christ and His shed blood and righteousness. When the Father God looks at me, He sees Christ Himself. My ability to be named Christian isn't based on how well I do good things or don't do bad things. It is based on the One who forgave me and cleansed me and overshadows me.
God sees me as a Christian because He looks at me and sees Jesus.
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