Many Christians are often a bit confused about whether we as Christians have two natures. Some people teach that we have one nature before we became a Christian, and when we are born again we got another, new nature. This new nature is in conflict with the old one, and often we can still feel that the old nature is most dominant. The solution some preachers give is that you have to feed the good side of yourself, the new nature, so that the old one does not take over again. But that’s a lot of work.
I think this theology is not a good one, because it makes us fall under fear again! What if I don’t feed the new nature enough? And are there any of us who can feed it enough? I would argue that this way of thinking makes many Christians live in constant condemnation, and I was one of them.
I do a ministry in northern Thailand, and here we run a Saturday school. One Saturday when we had over 60 children, I was quite tired after four hours of driving, pick up and send all the children back home and to teach English for four hours. I started and reflected on this: Why did I have a feeling of contentment and joy?
For almost 20 years ago, when I started to think about going to another country to share the Good News. I was not thinking about doing children’s ministry. I had pictured it a bit different life? I didn’t see myself as a English teacher, or a driver. That was the least thing I was thinking off. I was reflecting over this and wonder why do I still have such a joy doing this? I could have chosen a much easier life, so why did I choose this?
When is God pleased and satisfied with us? Many Christians struggle with this question.
I had a quiz on my website for a while back, and one of the questions I had was: When do we please God? I was amazed how many people wrote: It is when I pray, don’t do any sins, sing worship songs, do evangelism, lead someone to Jesus and so on.
The focus was on what we need to do, but what is it that really satisfies God?
I have good news for you today, your worth is not connected to what we do, but who we are (read also more text under!).
Have you ever asked yourself this question: What is it all about? It may be in several contexts we can ask ourselves this question, perhaps in relation to the meaning of life, but have you ever asked this question in relation to your faith and Christian life? Maybe you’re a bit scared of this question, because it may be associated with unbelief. Sometimes it can be healthy to ask yourself some questions, and remember God does not get nervous because of it.