Enemy of God...

(This post has not been edited for errors. These are my raw, honest thoughts.) The other day I read a tweet that had me thinking. In the tweet, the person was commenting on how proud they were to be a Christian and this struck me as odd. I guess I have never looked at being a Christian in that way. Now I have struggled with pride off and on throughout my life, but I guess I have never really looked at my walk with Jesus from that lens. And I don't necessarily agree with that persons tweet. I know what your thinking, I am misinterpreting this persons tweet, or I am reading too much into what they were trying to say, but seriously think about the implications of being proud because you're a Christian...

I kind of look at it from the opposite point of view. To me, I have done nothing to earn my standing with Jesus. I have turned my back on Jesus numerous times, I have knowingly rebelled against God, I have struggled with sin in my life and willfully done so, even though it saddened me to do so, and to top it off, I have lacked faith on numerous occasions, and  I was once an enemy of God (Colossians 1:21). I see nothing in this list to be proud of.

Here is another kicker! God became a nobody when He came to this earth, to share in this thing we call humanity. He came to live an altruistic life even though he created all things. He came to share and to suffer along with us on this journey in a broken world. The Bible tells us that he was not something to be looked at meaning he was not the star quarterback of a championship team or one of the cool kids. He was mocked, ridiculed, and abandoned. And He suffered and died a criminals execution. Even in the 1st and 2nd centuries the term Christian was a derogatory term more than anything else. Jesus was a somebody who became a nobody... For a short period...

In Philippians 2:1-11 we are told that our character and attitude should be like Jesus who even though he was a somebody, humbled himself to be a nobody even when it led to a humiliating and painful death on a cross. As Christians we are to walk with humility and selflessness. Whats more is that through this sacrificial living, Jesus became a somebody again (verse 11). And in some way we too become somebody's; although it is nothing to be proud of because Jesus did all the work.

If I am going to boast, I will boast in the work of Jesus. No, I am not proud to be a Christian, I am just humbled to be known by God.