Christians enjoy cherished lives. They are sure that their walks are blessed and guided by an ever-loving Creator. Often, many congregate in fellowship with other believers. There, they find deep joys in the Gospel readings. The oil of gladness is reflected on their faces because they are anointed by the Holy Spirit. Their commitments in doing good works are crowned with their services to mankind.
Robert Pirsig (b. 1928), writer, states, “When people are fanatically dedicated to political or religious faiths or any kind of dogmas or goals, it’s always because these dogmas or goals are in doubt.” True Christian’s believes are never fanatical. They are based on sound biblical teachings of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Model Christians are not members of cults and don’t embrace their calling solely through whim, nor by the urgings of charismatic personalities. They are sober, humble, and meek at heart.
A Proud Christian
Christians are blessed with contrite hearts. Their love is profound and reaches out to everyone they meet. For them, love knows no discrimination, for it’s balanced, and fair-minded. We see this when they do volunteer work for charitable organizations. They are strong and courageous. Their support is built on rock, so when the storms of life come, they are able to withstand the onslaught of mighty winds. In manifesting and cultivating care and tenderness of souls, they will be authentic models in their communities. Through mere strength and calmness, they know what it is to dance with Mary, Mother of God. From their spirits, great streams of happiness flow into this world. In times of trial and tribulation, they become barometers of stability, goodness, and peace.
Christians are like good seed planted in fertile soil. St. Matthew 13:22 (NRVS) was clear: “As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the lure of wealth choke the word, and it yields nothing.” Good believers are never unfruitful. They keep growing and bearing abundantly, for they know that their heavenly gardener will keep pruning their dead branches, to ensure that there will be harvests.
Christians of the Light
Like Christ, Christians are blessed with merciful hearts, and their patience is modeled in his image. They display remarkable understanding and are slow to anger. They exude care with faithful spirits that are infectious. As brides of Christ’s church they find comfort in evangelizing. Their ministries are filled with constant joy, for even when they suffer setbacks, they know that Christ is present, and will strengthen them. William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616), renowned English poet, playwright and actor expressed it best through Iago to Roderigo in Othello:
How poor are they that ha’ not patience!
What wound did ever heal but by degrees?
Christians should be patient. For, it’s the prize of the race which counts. Sometimes, the going might be slow and difficult, but they must persevere. Never be of doubtful minds, for through God’s grace there will be miracles on the horizon.
Margaret Mitchell (1900 – 1949), writer, who worked as a journalist with the Atlanta Constitution had Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind (1936) remarked: “I’m going to live through this, and when it’s over, I’m never going to be hungry again. No, nor any of my folks. If I have to steal or kill – as God is my witness, I’m never going to be hungry again.”
Unlike Mitchell’s depiction of witnessing, Christians approach must be guided spiritually and in the process they won’t sin nor threaten. Their witnessing is by demeanor of sacredness. With the Holy Spirit, they have symbols of joy and talk freely about Christ’s resurrection, and his promises, for mankind. Their effusive kindnesses adapt and change to every situation, but their message is the same: “Give your life to Christ, for he died for you on the cross at Calvary. He resurrected, ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God, the Father.” Still, Christians testimonies are new every morning, for the Scripture by which they live, is spirit and life. These are always their revelations, for they are blessed with knowing, the truths about eternal life.