Habits

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by Sherry Chamblee

While having a routine is good, we forget sometimes that our routine doesn’t guarantee that we’re right with God.  

We have to live the truth, not just do things out of habit.

Sitting in church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than sitting in a garage makes you a car…

Holding a Bible doesn’t make you a Christian any more than holding a blade of grass makes you a lawn…

Talking about God doesn’t make you a Christian any more than saying “vroom” makes you a motorcycle…

While going to church, reading your Bible, and telling others about Christ are all vital parts of what God has called us to do, they are not in and of themselves what make us Christ-followers. They are symptoms, and symptoms can be faked.

Be real. Follow Christ out of love for Christ, and to do that, you have to know who Christ actually is, and spend time getting to know Him.

Parents, you should bring your children to church, but don’t rely on the church to show them the reality of Christ.  

What they see in their own home is what they’ll use to interpret what they hear at church.  

If your faith is fake, they’ll assume that it’s that way in the entire church…that they’re being taught dead religion, not living faith.

But if they see that you have a living faith in Christ, then what they hear at church will be vibrant in their hearts and minds.  

Show them the truth of God at home, and it will support the lessons they learn at church.

Be the Christian you know you should be, but do it because you’re trying to be real.

I’ve had someone tell me they acted like a good Christian out of “respect” for me… but in reality, they were being fake. I’d rather you be real, and show me that you have faults, than that you act perfect when in reality it’s the farthest thing from how you really want to act.

Being real doesn’t have to mean you’re rude or disrespectful or inappropriate. It means don’t pretend. And sometimes that takes work. Because being real for Christ means more than just being who you are… it means truly allowing Christ to change you into what He wants you to be.

About the Author:

Sherry Chamblee

Sherry grew up in various cities around northern and central California. This gave her all sorts of stories that sat and festered in her brain, waiting to be let loose. She eventually went to college in Wisconsin, where she met her equally frenetic husband, Rich. They have six (yes, count them) children, two dogs and a cat, and currently reside in a madhouse in the southern California area. As a family, they enjoy being active in their local church. Sherry spends her time writing when not caring for Granny, the kids, the dogs, the cat and any number of strays in the neighborhood.

Sherry Chamblee can be found at http://www.sherrychamblee.weebly.com Or check out her books at http://www.amazon.com/Sherry-Chamblee/e/B00BA06RJ2/

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