by Aleta Kay
There are some misconceptions about Christians. Are we all crazy people, leaning on a crutch made of our thin imaginations? Are we all haters of anyone or anything not Christian? Do we all go around bombing abortion clinics and carrying picket signs that say “God hates….”? No. We are not all like that. In fact, those people are in the minority and I doubt their God is the Jesus I know.
What is a Christian? The word “Christian” means Christ-like or a follower of Jesus Christ. Most of us, hard as we try, are not very Christ-like. The truth is, we are all specks of dust on this huge planet. Psalm 103:14 says, “…he remembers that we are dust.” Adam was formed out of the dust of the ground. Genesis 3:19 says, “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”
Yet, in spite of the fact that we are mere specks of dust, God chose to take part of himself and become a man in the form of his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
We fail him every day. We get mad, lose our tempers, get discouraged and depressed; we fret and worry (all of these are sin and are not pleasing to God); we speak out of turn, gossip, say things we shouldn’t, etc. All Christians are still under construction. God will never be finished working on us until our time on earth is done.
We need to go to God on a daily basis, sometimes hourly, and ask forgiveness for the words we say, the attitudes we have, the lack of trust we have in Him when we worry and fret about things we can’t control anyway, for allowing ourselves to be discouraged, defeated, and depressed when we know with all our heart He has the answers for us and is always with us.
What’s so special about Christians? We have the shed blood of Jesus applied to our lives so God sees us through this filter. God sees us covered with the righteousness of Christ. It’s not that we are good (Romans 3:10—there is none good, no not one.); it’s that Jesus gives us His goodness. We are just dustballs covered with the goodness of Jesus. Jesus is special and we get the benefit.