Sunday, 7 November 2010

I am a Christian

When I say... "I am a Christian" I'm not shouting "I'm clean living"
I'm whispering "I was lost, Now I'm found and forgiven."

When I say... "I am a Christian" I don't speak of this with pride.
I'm confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.

When I say... "I am a Christian" I'm not trying to be strong.
I'm professing that I'm weak and need His strength to carry on.

When I say... "I am a Christian" I'm not bragging of success.
I'm admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.

When I say... "I am a Christian" I'm not claiming to be perfect.
My flaws are far too visible but, God believes I am worth it.

When I say... "I am a Christian" I still feel the sting of pain.
I have my share of heartaches, so I call upon His name.

When I say... "I am a Christian" I'm not holier than thou.
I'm just a simple sinner Who received God's good grace, somehow!

6 comments:

  1. Amen!

    Rev. Thomas Lindsay
    Thomas Lindsay Ministries
    http://tlmin.org/

    ReplyDelete
  2. I love this poem and feel it says all that we should aspire to as Christians - that humble acceptance that we are not perfect but with God's help and our repentance we can be saved and will live with him eternally.

    Thank you so much!!!

    I edit our church magazine and would love to publish this if you would allow me to - please let me know who I should credit it to.

    Thanks again - it's awesome!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  3. I love this poem and feel it says everything about how we can relate to God as Christians, humbly accepting our imperfections but knowing that through Jesus we can be saved by God's grace and repentance. Thank you so much.

    I publish our church magazine and would love to publish this poem for our readers - I believe it will make many of them think of how they behave as Christians - would you permit me to do so and tell me who to credit it too.

    Thanks again for such beautiful words.

    Annie

    ReplyDelete
  4. Hi Ann, believe the poem was written by Maya Angelou.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Here is a testimony from my website, this is a good example showing that God Himself moves through us. It is God that works through us and sometimes we think that we are the ones doing the work. You can visit my website for more testimonies: www.dreamingofGod.co

    I was at work and I was talking to the security guard. Now I do not judge the security guard but I want to try and explain his personality. I have known him for years as I also used to be a security guard for the office that I work in. He is very witty and has an answer for everything; he likes to think that no-one could ever ‘get one over on him’. As he was talking to me I thought to myself, asking a question to God; ‘God how could I ever spread the gospel to someone like him’. As soon as I had finished asking this question in my mind this the security said to me ‘well look at the last bloke that thought he knew it all, they nailed that poor sod on a cross’. I thought to myself ‘wow, here we go Lord’. I replied ‘yes they did but that was the plan, He fulfilled His divine purpose’. And he replied ‘hey listen I have nothing against religion’. And we left the conversation there. The following day at work after I had finished the same security guard asked me what I was doing on my days off and I informed him that I was going to a meeting called ‘school of the word’ run by one of our Pastors and he asked what the meeting was about and I informed him that it was about redemption. The guard said to me ‘I hope that you have got a good come back prepared’, meaning that he hoped that I had a few clever remarks ready to throw back at the Pastor. I answered ‘actually I do’. How can God be a God of justice and a God of mercy all at the same time? Well here’s how; If you were caught speeding in your car and had to go to court to be sentenced by a judge and you were guilty, let’s say that the judge fined you £80. So here we see that justice has been done, so where does mercy come in? Then a guy walks into the court room and says to you ‘hey don’t worry about that payment I’ll pay the fine for you, it’s on me’. Then this guy’s walks up to the judge and pays your fine for you.’ The security guard started laughing and said to me ‘hey who is this guy, I would like to meet him’. I looked him square in the face and pointed at him and replied ‘JESUS’, I walked away saying ‘I am really glad that you asked that question, I was hoping that you would’. I went outside praising God. Sometimes we think that it is us in our strength spreading the gospel and doing good works, when it’s not, it is God Himself spreading the word and doing good works through us via His Holy Spirit. Do not let pride bolster you up as it is God who deserves all the credit.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I reblogged this from you in November 2010, and now, in February 2013, just got a Takedown notice in which my entire WordPress account was threatened.

    I was ordered to remove it, which I did. Not sure how Blogspot handles this.

    ReplyDelete