They go to church every single Sunday and Wednesday. They never miss a service. They have a happy and obedient family. They have good jobs and nice homes. They have their lives all put together. They are the “perfect Christians”.
This is what a lot of Christians think their lives should look like. If they aren’t living like this, they must be doing something wrong. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with having a good life; I think church attendance is very important.
But have you ever considered, even for a moment, that maybe we’re missing the point? Maybe, just maybe, our lives aren’t supposed to be this “put together”.
In 1 Thessalonians, Paul is writing to Christians who are suffering persecution for their beliefs. “Perfect” is probably not the first word they’d use to describe their current condition. In chapter 3 and verse 3 (NIV), Paul tells the people that no one should be “unsettled by these trials. For you know quite well that we are destined for them.” In 1 Peter 2:21, it says that we are called to suffering.
I don’t believe that these verses teach that we are to go looking for trouble, but I do think that we Christians have become complacent. We enjoy our picture-perfect, put-together lives. We don’t want to consider the possibility of doing something messy for Christ.
But I believe we’re called to “messy”. We’re called to “go into all the world”, a world that is messy and full of trouble and pain and brokenness.. We’re called to that world.
Are we living that? Are we living bold lives that will go into the messy for Christ and the Father? If not, let us all strive to rise up and live like that.