How would you finish this sentence? “When I first became a Christian, I ______________.” One thing that comes to mind about life right after I became a Christian is how little I felt like I fit in. God would send men and women of all ages and all different backgrounds, but I would think none could understand me. When God would send me Christians from wholesome families, I would say they wouldn’t understand because I come from divorced parents. When God would send me Christians from dysfunctional families, I would say they don’t understand because they are in such a struggle to overcome the problems from their upbringing.
Like the Israelites who wandered through the wilderness for forty years, my failure to trust God with my whole heart caused me to enter a time of spiritual wandering. My sanctification process was slow. Yet, it finally happened! I had finally begun to yield to the Holy Spirit regularly. Suddenly, I no longer saw how different I was from every other Christian. In fact, I started to see the only thing we had in common was Christ—yet, it was the most important thing! We are bound together even closer than biological sisters or than a sister to a biological brother because we are bound to the Spirit of God. What an amazing breakthrough!
I have to confess that at this point in time, I am still a little uncomfortable with people in church calling me “sister.” Due to my long connection with the world as a non-Christian and mainstream media’s influence, “sister” brings up an association with either cults or nuns. (To me, saying the full “sister in Christ” is much more appealing.) God is still working on me.
Verse: “…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” —Philippians 1:6 (NIV)
Prayer: Lord, I praise You for the Holy Spirit in Christians! Forgive me for failing to trust You with everything. Thank You that You never gave up on me. I pray for my readers, my family, and friends that they would begin to see themselves as You see them. You are are our Father, and we are Your children. That makes us all sisters and brothers in Christ! Open our hearts to feel that close bond with each other. In Christ’s Name, Amen.