The other day I heard the words ‘Oh, she’s way more Christian than I am’ and wanted to roll my eyes- how can someone be more or less Christian than another?
But then I had a sudden realisation that I’d thought the exact same thing countless times about others… I cringed inwardly and felt challenged by God to share, because I know I’m not the only one who’s ever been intimidated by how much better someone seems to be doing this whole faith thing.
That girl puts up a daily insta of her perfectly colour-coordinated bible journaling time. She’s more Christian than me.
That friend was the first to offer to help with that event at church. She’s more Christian than me.
She prayed outloud in front of a group and didn’t embarrassingly stumble over her words. She’s wayyyyy more Christian than I am.
It’s kind of an embarrassing thing to admit but I often look at the behaviours of others and assume they have a stronger, healthier relationship with our Saviour than I do.
It’s true that outward actions reflect inward heart but we have to remember personalities are different and just because someone isn’t volunteering for every event at church or worshiping the loudest it doesn’t mean they are less close to God.
People follow Jesus in different ways and it’s always our heart that God’s interested in, more so than our outward performance. Being involved in a church is amazing, but the person running a life group, serving at church or being the most confident outloud pray-er isnt’ more ‘Christian’ than you. You may admire the qualities you see in others who are walking with Jesus in an active way, and fair enough BUT please don’t be intimidated, please don’t think you need to do all the activities they do.
Put spending time with Jesus first, not worrying about how much time other people think you’re spending with Jesus.
God has big plans for you, He wants you to live a life of abundance but mostly He wants you to just live a life with Him. If you feel like someone’s a ‘better’ Christian (they don’t exist but for the sake of my post, go with it), remember:
WE ARE EQUALLY IN NEED OF GOD.
WE ARE EQUALLY FLAWED AND BROKEN.
WE ARE EQUALLY DESERVING OF GOD’S LOVE.
THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS A BETTER CHRISTIAN.
okay, enough of the aggressive caps. Being a Christian isn’t always easy but don’t compare yourself to others, just rest, serve God your way and do you.
Oh, and have a cuppa.