5 More Dumb Things Christians Do (Part II)
by Steve Backlund
Like most of us, I have done some "dumb" things in my Christian life. I shared five of these in a recent blog. Here are five more things that I have observed Christians do at different times.
1. Nitpicking and complaining about minor issues – Don't be known as someone who regularly has a complaint to express. We lose credibility and favor in the eyes of leaders and those closest to us if we "major" in minors, rather than majoring in major concerns. If you feel that you are to help bring correction in an environment, don't do it until you feel love for the people and have taken the log out of your own eyes before trying to take the speck out of someone else's eyes (Matthew 7:1-5).
2. Not reading your Bible – We don't want to read the Bible out of ritual or duty, but it is important to find ways to get Scripture in us everyday. Different personalities need different strategies for this (audio Bible, studying with others, reading it out loud, reading the Bible through in a year, etc.). When you ask God for wisdom in this area, He will give it (James 1:5).
3. . Not celebrating the success of others – At one time or another, we probably have felt threatened or challenged by the successes and blessings of others. Even though these feelings may seem normal, but if we stay in a place of being sour in our spirit regarding the good fortunes or favors of others, it will say much more about us than it does about the ones we refuse to rejoice over. Those who advance in God realize their celebration the successes of others is one evidence of a prosperous soul that will reap tremendous benefits (3 John 2).
4. Comparing yourself with others – Most comparisons with others are not beneficial. They either lead to responding in pride or inferiority. For most, it is the latter that manifests the most from comparing ourselves with others. This causes us to focus on what we don't have, rather than on what we do have. It will blind us to our uniqueness and will often cause us try to become someone we are not supposed to be.
5. Hiding from God and community when you have sinned or are struggling with things – We know that we have turned a corner in our Christian lives when we run to God and others when we are battling issues in our lives instead of hiding in shame. This certainly may not be our first instinctual response, because like Adam in Genesis 3, shame and fear may seen to drive us to hide from God and cover things up. Ultimately, we will realize we need to be honest with God and others. This humility of doing so will bring a marvelous grace into our lives.
ABOUT STEVE BACKLUND
Steve Backlund was a senior pastor for seventeen years before joining the team at Bethel Church in Redding, CA in 2008. Steve is a leader developer, joy activist, a revivalist teacher, and as Senior Associate Director, is a key part of the Global Legacy (a ministry of Bethel Church) leadership team. He travels extensively throughout the world encouraging churches and leaders and has authored a number of books.