Levels of Christianity

I’ve had some interesting discussions with some friends and my husband lately, and it’s made me realize some people believe there are different “levels” of being a Christian. Here’s the thing — God does not love you less because you donate less money or less time than your neighbor. God does not love you less because you’ve made mistakes.

 Isaiah 54:10

For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.

There are not Christians who are better at being Christians. You are either Christian, or you’re not, and God does not have us broken into classes. While it’s wonderful to help and give to others, and this is something encouraged by the Bible and in the Christian community, God is not keeping score of how many times you’ve helped versus your neighbor.

Luke 6:38

Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.

Life is not meant to be a competition, and neither is Christianity. Do good things because you’re blessed. Donate money because you’re grateful. Volunteer because you care. Treat others the way you want to be treated.

Philippians 2:3-4

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Matthew 6:1-4

“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

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