I’m often amused when people are slightly offended by my blog title. I have been reprimanded that Christ wasn’t a wimp. I get people who are confused because Christians are supposed to be bold warriors. Then I realize, they don’t get it. So let’s go back to the beginning…..
I am a wimpy Christian. You couldn’t pay me to pray in public. I will not be giving any testimonies. There will be no trips to the inner city to help the homeless. And mission work in some 3rd world country?? I don’t think so.
It’s not that I’m ashamed of being a Christian. Everyone knows I go to church (almost) every Sunday. I have a cross hanging from my rear view mirror. Heck, my child goes to a Christian school. I say a little prayer (to myself) before every meal. And I have several different translations of the bible on my bookshelves at home.
But a warrior I am not.
Don’t judge me.
While some of you are shaking your heads thinking how pathetic and shallow I must be, others of you are nodding in quiet agreement because you’re right there with me. You do your Sunday duty, you give when the plate gets passed, bring a dish for the random potlucks, and you might even volunteer in some low-risk low-contact outreach. But if there’s a task that requires you step out or step up…forget it.
This blog is about being who you are in Christ. And if who you are happens to be a wimpy Christian (like me) – that’s okay; you’re in good company. And the good news is God can still use you in all of your yellow bellied glory.
Corinthians reminds us everyone in the body of Christ has a role to play:
12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ… 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.
15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be?
21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,….
27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 28 And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret?
1 Corinthians 12: 12 – 30
Just as our body can’t be one big eye, we all can’t be on the prayer team. We all can’t play in the worship band. We all can’t fly across the world to volunteer at an orphanage. If that’s true then it’s okay that we all aren’t fearless warriors, there’s enough work that needs to be done in the kingdom that He can find some way to keep us wimps busy.
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