Most people want to know what it takes to be a Christian. Do I have to have billions of dollars? Does everyone have to love me like a great superstar? Do I have to jump off a really tall building screaming “I love Jesus!” on the way down?
While those things would be very extreme circumstances, I don’t think you get extra points from the man upstairs. If in fact, you do, please let me know; I might consider all 3.
A very clear image of a true Christian can be found in Romans chapter 12 verses 9-13. And I’m going use my experience of cleaning a nasty bathroom at a retail store bring it all together. [Clever right?]
9 Love must be completely sincere. Hate what is evil, hold on to what is good. 10 Love one another warmly as Christians, and be eager to show respect for one another.
Being a college graduate, one of my supervisors made me clean a bathroom. Instead of doing all the things I wanted to say and/or do to that person, I had to remind myself: it’s not about me. As a Christian, I want to have peace at bedtime. I want to glorify God’s will. Asking my supervisor why don’t they clean that bathroom themselves does not satisfy the purpose of why I am a Christian.
11 Work hard and do not be lazy. Serve the Lord with a heart full of devotion.
If it was cleaning toilets or doing computer work, I was honoring God when I gave it my best shot. Believe it or not, so many blessings came when I stop complaining and get down to business.
12 Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles, and pray at all times.
Alright, you caught me. Cleaning toilets were not my best moment. The entire situation was not fun. Before this time in my life, I was arrogant & prideful. The world revolved around me. Any success I had, I made sure to rub it in your face. In this place, I realized: “I don’t deserve anything — all my blessings come from God.”
13 Share your belongings with your needy fellow Christians, and open your homes to strangers.
And from that humbling experience, I will never forget my struggle. I help give to others in unique ways to honor God’s will.
So no that experience was not glamorous or something I would ever want to do again. It’s not something you create a trophy which states ” World’s Best Bathroom Cleaner.” It was a moment that gave me a valuable life lesson: “you can learn what it means to be a great Christian anywhere.”