Are You a Bubble Boy?: 5 Ways to Identify if You’re Living in a Christian Bubble
Christians tend to live their lives developing a bubble of holiness. Where everything is great and nothing is dirty. I totally understand this, as it is easy to slip into this comfort zone. This happens to me constantly, but it’s my job to check myself and make sure I’m living like Jesus, not like a Christian. So here are 5 ways to tell if you are living religiously or living like Jesus.
1. Pick up Your Phone
That’s right, pick up your phone, look at your recent, calls, texts, and history and see what it looks like. I cringe thinking of mine, but this is the point. Living Religiously allows you to follow all the Jesus rules without actually having a heart for Jesus. I can talk about him all I want but I probably haven’t texted anyone who isn’t a Christian in months. How am I supposed to love who Jesus loved if I never see the people who Jesus would have seen?
2. I Love You Mom
1 Corinthians talks bout love being the greatest gift of all. Paul in his letter to the church of Corinth says, you could be the biggest preacher in the world! You could be…um…Tim Tebow! But if Tebow doesn’t show his mommy love then what Tebow does on that field or in front of that camera means nothing. Ministry starts at home, and MY mommy tells me that all the time.
“Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13
I love that phrase! Don’t love that song 😉 but love that phrase! Drake says it means Working On Excellence (How cool is that?! Look at you Drake! Ministering to us without even knowing it!) We have our close friends, our “woes” if you will. But who sits near us? Who are we in contact with? Are we influencing anyone? Are we…working on excellence?
Our Christian bubble allows us to get a little crazy with our woes because no one will judge us. They understand! Sometimes we need to vent, right?! But, where does it stop? Where does venting become gossip, and where does lack of judgement become complacency without accountability?
4. Show Off
We need our bubble to be popped by being on display. When we are in front of non-believing people we are expected to rise up in our faith. When they call us out for believing something we are expected (sometimes for our own sake) to rise above and act on who God has called us to be. That is not a bad thing! That is a necessary thing!
This shows us the divide between the world and the light, but even more so it shows us that when we come through and stand for what we believe (116 yo!!), God will do something miraculous to back up his children!
5. Prayers Up
God is a God of communication. He always wants to initiate a conversation with His children. If you can help someone new do that it is by far a bubble burster. Sometimes you can see it in people’s lives. The pain and anxiety they go through, and understanding the power we have been given through prayer, we can easily offer it to them…but we don’t. This is so vital! Prayer is Gods lifeline check this out:
“Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.” 2 Corinthians 5:18-20
God wants to bring us back to himself through Jesus. Jesus gave us that job. We use prayer to reconcile people back to God because we are His ambassadors, a statesman or diplomate authorized to speak as God’s emissary!
The bubble is only skin deep. When we understand the need of other people is at hand it will become evident to us that there is a lot more at stake than our own urges. It’s easy to get sidetracked with Religious schedules but the fact is we should be removing comfort from the equation, because if you’re comfortable then you won’t need the comforter.
Discipline can still be a big part of your walk, what bubble symptoms do you think I missed?
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