What is an Exceptional Christian? It is not, in my mind, what many may think it is at first glance. I have a feeling that many will see the title of my blog and think I’m talking about those Christians that are perfect in their faith, or who are the most compassionate, or those that go to church every Sunday and do all the “right” things. That is no where near what I think of as an Exceptional Christian. So how do I define an exceptional Christian?
- An exceptional Christian is one that loves Jesus. Without Jesus we would not have the hope that we have in Christ. We would live without hope that life has meaning and that the future, indeed eternity, is within our grasp.
“And this is what he promised us — eternal life.” – 1 John 2:25
- An exceptional Christian is one that is not perfect, yet strives to remember that God loves us, no matter what. We will never be perfect. We are sinners and will continue to sin. But God loves us just the same.
“…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, …” – Romans 3:23
- An exceptional Christian is one that despite the struggles they may be going through, whether it is financial struggles, health problems, marital issues, or some struggle against a sin, remembers that God is there for us. He will never give us more than we can handle.
“And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” – 1 Corinthians 10:13
- An exceptional Christian is one that realizes that God gives us enough. He may not give us what we “want”, but he gives us all we need. The exceptional Christian is one that despite the lack of our wants, he realizes he has all he needs.
“… My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness…” – 2 Corinthians 12:9 “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” – Matthew 6:26
Can any one of us be Exceptional Christians? I don’t think so completely. I’m no where close. However, I think we can strive to be one. I think if we understand what God has done for us by sending his son, we can get better at it.
This world we live in today, here in America, here in 2010 provides many struggles. Many of us are deep in the pit of troubles. If we strive to become exceptional Christians the troubles we find ourselves facing seem less troublesome and we can see hope where many do not. I imagine we will find that when we work towards becoming exceptional Christians, our lives become more bearable, more joyful and more fullfilling despite our trials.
I hope that this blog can provide some insight on how I’m struggling to become an exceptional Christian and in some way can give others hope that they are not alone and that there is hope beyond our current struggles.
You won’t find this blog being overly “preachy” as that is not my intent. Yes there will be Bible verses as I find them applicable, yes I may talk about some Christian theology as it strikes me as important, but mostly this will be a journal of my struggles as an average “Joe” (or Jason as the case may be) and how I strive to deal with my temptations, my trials and my triumphs.
But you may also find some practical advice on different topics, perhaps anything from politics, recipes, relationships, to computer skills, blogging topics, books to read and raising of children. In other words expect anything. However, one constant that I hope to keep in all of my posts will be the underlying theme of how a particular topic applies to becoming an exceptional Christian.
Come join this journey of mine or continue your own journey and lets become “exceptional Christians!”