There’s nothing worse than a phony unless it’s a phony Christian! We’ve all met them at some point in time because there seems to be an abundant supply. It’s more rare to meet an authentic Christian and even more refreshing.
My goal is to be a “real” Christian.
Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered. And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away! Matthew 21:18,19 KJV
Jesus and His disciples were walking on the way to the synagogue one day and Jesus was hungry. He saw the fig tree and because he saw leaves on it He also expected to see figs. In a fig tree, fruit appears the same time as the leaves. Upon closer inspection Jesus found no fruit and so He cursed the fig tree. A fig tree is supposed to have figs. When Jesus discovered there were no figs on the tree, He cursed it. The fig tree immediately began to wither and die. The tree was not bearing fruit, so it was useless.
There are plenty of hungry people in our world today. They are hungry for joy, peace, hope or for some reason to just stay alive. They have no hope. The Bible says if we only have hope in this life, we’re miserable, but the fact is, we have been promised eternal life. That’s something to rejoice about.
If we who are (abiding) in Christ have hope only in this life and that is all, then we are of all people most miserable and to be pitied. 1 Corinthians 15:19 AMPC
A lot of Christians are like that fig tree. They have leaves but no fruit. They are advertising, “look at me! I’ve got fruit!” If you advertise you are a Christian, people are going to be looking for fruit. Sadly, however, most Christians have nothing but leaves.
When you apply for a job, one of the first things they will ask you is, “Do you have any experience?”
Experience is a valuable commodity. The longer you live the more experience you have…normally. The older you get the wiser you should be but some are still dumb at 85.
The synonyms of experience are: exposure to, observation of, awareness of, insight to. The meaning of experience is: practical contact with and observation of facts or events.
Experience can be taught, rather it is caught. Experience is the greatest teacher. From experience you learn life’s greatest lessons. You learn things that can’t be taught in a text book. You can learn facts and truths about your profession, but only when you actually begin working in the field will you gain experience.
Here’s an important truth to remember.
“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” ~ Soren Kierkegaard
The things you are facing now that seem horrible, you will look back on in 10-20 years and thank God for it.
Sounds strange, right? But I’ve heard people say when they received a diagnosis of cancer was the darkest day in their life, but after going through it, they learned so much and actually became a stronger and better person.
If you don’t have experience, you don’t have anything much to say.
How much experience do you have?
Have you faced adversity?
What do you do when life doesn’t turn out as you expected? You trust God!
(See my Blog post for September 15, 2016, What To Do When Life Doesn’t Turn Out As Expected)
You may have a calling but you need experience. Take your time. Don’t get impatient. Learn your lessons well. Don’t despise the tests and trials you are going through…they only serve to make you stronger.
When you gain experience you will be better equipped to help others. If you faced cancer and survived, you can bring hope and comfort to that one who has just received the awful news they have cancer. If you’ve been betrayed by your spouse and survived divorce, you can be that shoulder to cry on. If you’ve lost a loved one, you can hold that one up who just lost the love of their life.
Experience can be painful, but it is priceless.