[The Jesus Freak]
Being a Christian isn’t a piece of cake. It’s definitely not going to get you noticed, at least not usually in a good way, and it won’t make you popular either. That’s okay; that’s not what I’m aiming at. Being in the spotlight has never been something I’ve enjoyed, and like the majority of us, I have my insecurities too.
Writing about what and Who is important to me hasn’t always been easy. It used to make me feel a little self conscious until I grew into my faith and understood just what I’d gained. I don’t particularly want to be viewed as being offensive, but this is sometimes how Christians are viewed simply for expressing what we believe in wholeheartedly, and care about deeply.
That being said, I have no regrets about the path I’ve chosen to take, and I’m not turning back now; I’ve come too far; I’ve experienced too much, and I have so much to look forward to. So, for me, what’s up ahead is worth much more than anything I have to go through (and grow through) to get where I’m going. I’m unashamed of the gospel because I’ve been immersed in God’s love; I’ve experienced how He comforts us, and I know the joy and the peace that comes with being a believer. I also understand that it’s the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes (Romans 1:16).
Christians are often misunderstood, and to be fair, there are some very misguided or simply “babies in the faith” out there that can give us all a bad name, but the majority of Christians that I’ve encountered are well meaning individuals with big hearts, who just want to share what they know: the love of Christ. To be fair, were all learning and growing, and we don’t always represent Jesus well.
Of course, Scripture also makes it pretty clear that we will be hated for Jesus’ sake, but I feel it’s a very small price to pay, and even insignificant compared to the price that Jesus paid for us.
“And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” –Matthew 10:22
“In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,” –2 Timothy 3:12
I did have some help along the way that changed my perspective on being labeled a Jesus Freak when a fellow believer said something that stuck with me. His words encouraged me, which made me realize I didn’t need to feel so awkward after all about being enthusiastic for Christ. I’ve really paraphrased his words here, but the gist of it is exactly the same.
“There are all sorts of enthusiasts in this world. You have your sports fans; your motorheads; your fashionistas; your movie buffs; your bookworms; your foodies; your music lovers, and the list goes on. You name it, someone is deeply passionate about it. So, what’s so wrong with being labeled a Jesus Freak?”
I may be a bit biased here, but by that logic, combined with what I know about Jesus, I couldn’t find a thing wrong with it. In fact, from my vantage point there could be nothing better then to be invested in Him. Not only do we receive the hope and joy of Heaven, and all that knowing Him means for our life: help in time of need, forgiveness, love, joy, guidance, encouragement, comfort, growth, a renewed mind, community, family, and the list goes on–on top of all of that, we also get everything else ‘thrown in’ as well.
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” –Matthew 6:33
“Aim at Heaven and you will get Earth ‘thrown in’: aim at Earth and you will get neither.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Joyful Christian
The journey was never promised to be easy, but what’s up ahead is always worth the trek we must take through all of life’s hills and valleys. Please keep [kindly] sharing your joy and hope, while you aim at Heaven!
Wishing you all the best,
Music that Speaks
Now, here’s a blast from the past! It was released in 1995 by DC Talk. (The same year I began my own journey with Jesus).
Haha I totally love this next song…