“Things I Gave Up To Be A Christian”

This week, Rob suggests a list idea in hopes that Laura will think about things a little differently. Laura’s Essential Life List for this week is titled “Things I Gave Up To Be A Christian.”

What a brilliant and extremely Essential Life List to have! Why not start yours today!?!

So what do you think? Do you have to give up anything to become a Christian? Maybe you have to give up sinning altogether or at least give up big and serious sins? Drinking way too much alcohol? Taking drugs? Wild crazy sex? Listening to music with “Parental Advisory” labels?

This really sounds good. Sin is bad. God is good. Have you ever heard a testimony like this? “I gave up alcohol (or drugs or whatever), God welcomed me in to His Kingdom, and I can now call myself a Christian.” That sounds good to me but also not quite right at the same time.

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God — not the result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 (NRSV)

Jesus said that He would send the Holy Spirit to us, and He would “reproved the world” (KJV) of sin and righteousness and judgement. “Reproved the world” means “prove the world wrong.” Does that mean that without Jesus we don’t even have a clue about sin and being righteous and making any kind of judgment about ourselves? I think it does! So this list, I believe, might really need to be empty, or at least be given a different title!

7 thoughts on ““Things I Gave Up To Be A Christian”

  1. I became a Christian when I was 19. I dont remember feeling i had to give anything up. I do remember stopping smoking, drinking and drinking parties, but I dont recall that it was hard or that I felt I had to. I wanted to, I guess.

    Years later, at 45, I started drinking and smoking. I was angry at God and hated my life. Im still smoking. Do I feel I should “give it up,” for God? Yes, and I feel full of guilt about it.

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    1. Belle, thanks for sharing your experience and struggles. In reading this, I’m seeing how God has given you a new heart, one that desires to listen to Him and please Him. It’s not always an easy journey, is it? But I’m really glad that He is always there with us, no matter what.

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    1. I absolutely agree with you! I’ve heard it said, “You must give up this, you must stop doing that before you can have a relationship with Jesus.” But u don’t think that’s the way it is. It’s not until you actually have a relationship with Jesus that you can say, “My relationship with Jesus is worth so much more than all of those other things.”

      Thanks for reading and commenting! I’m not quite sure where I want to go with this little series of “Laura’s Lists.” I’ve already changed the comic strip a time or two. At first I wanted to give her a problem (beyond excessive list making and obsession with perfection). I really appreciate comments like yours because they help me think through things!

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