Have you ever been trying to find a parking spot at the mall or movies or anywhere for that matter and run into the guy that parks his car in two spaces? 9.9 times out of 10 it is some fancy car that is worth more than my house and is complete with a vanity plate that reads “HTMOMA” or “HV2MCH$”.
Little helpful Non-Christian hint for you: If you are caravanning with a buddy and if you park as close as you can in the spots on either side of the double parker it’s impossible for the fancy car to get out. From me to you. :)
When I see stuff like that though I ask myself things like:
- Who do they think they are?
- Why do you think you are better than me?
- Why would you get a car so expensive that you have to be that careful?
Do you ever think people think that about us as Christians? I’m not talking about whether you have a nice car or how you park it but about your Faith.
When people “drive by” your life and look at how you have parked your Faith have you double-parked in their eyes? I mean does the way you live your life make them wonder if you are better than them? Like you’ve figured out something they don’t know and now you are lauding it over them?
I find that too often Christians carry that arrogance around with them. Instead of showing the love of Christ to them with a genuine spirit we look down on them ignoring the plank of wood stuck in our face.
Paul urges us to do something different when it comes to living our lives as Christians.
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” – Philippians 2:3-4
Can you even begin to imagine what our world would look like if just the Christians did this? I’m not talking about being a bunch of door holders all day long, but better yet what if this was how we did everything?
- Assumed the best not the worst.
- Let the last become first.
- Listened more than we spoke
- Gave more than we took
- Loved more than we hated
So instead of double-parking our Faith and flipping the keys to our Heavenly Ride to the poor sap who doesn’t know Christ, maybe we should realize that we were the poor sap at one point too. In fact, we still are a poor sap who should not boast in what we’ve done but boast in the saving Grace of Jesus Christ alone.
Let’s face it, we are beyond blessed to know Christ and have a relationship with Him as Christians. The eternity that He promises and is preparing for us is worth being excited about, but nothing in Christ’s character was arrogant.
If we are going to accept Christ as our Savior we also need to follow Him as our Shepard. A shepherd that is concerned about the one lost sheep and willing to leave the other 99 in danger to save them.
So park your faith normal and live your life transparent so people can see it as approachable and attractive. This is how we gain the opportunity to speak into their lives and share the love of Christ.