The Need for Tuesday Christians

Tuesday’s Child is Full of Grace

Devonte Hart ©cbsnews

Devonte Hart
©cbsnews

“But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malicious behavior, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Be wise in the way you act toward those who are outside the Christian faith. Make the most of every opportunity. Everything you say should be gracious and kind, (seasoned with salt) so you respond to each person rightly.” (Colossians 3:8, 4:5-6)

Here I am, checking in. How have we fared since Good Friday, since Easter Sunday, only seven and five days passed?

Moon phases.waningHas our talk of grace waned like the phases of the moon? Have our gracious actions waned as well? Have we gone about our daily business without a thought about why we shared the bread and cup last Friday? Have we passed up opportunities to offer grace to those we live or work with, forgetting the Grace offered us and the reason we celebrated on Sunday?

We walked into church in our Sunday best, smiled at those around us, and nodded at the pastor’s sermon. And some of us didn’t even make it to the parking lot before we got angry at something or someone. Many of us didn’t make it home to our front doors. Some of us didn’t make it through Monday at work.

Like that old nursery rhyme, I’m asking all of us to be Tuesday Christians, full of grace. Let’s try to carry the cross of love and mercy and grace with us throughout our week. Let’s meet folks where they are, just as Jesus did. Instead of thinking and talking and behaving the same old way, let’s allow the Spirit of the Lord to transform us. I mean, if we don’t allow the Spirit to make an impact upon us at Easter, when will we let him in?

So it’s only one week away from Good Friday; only five days away from Easter. Have we entirely forgotten the words Jesus spoke to us? Have we already chosen to turn our backs on him by justifying our own words and behavior?

As I listen to politicians, their mouths spewing words like, “moron,” “imbecile,” “loser,” and phrases like, “I’d love to punch him in the face,” I worry at their popularity among those of us calling ourselves Christians.  Are we really buying the lie that anger will lead us to right thinking? That anger will lead us toward a closer relationship with our God?

As you know, long ago God instructed Moses to tell His people, “Do not murder; those who murder will be judged and punished.” But here is the even harder truth: I tell you, anyone who is angry with his brother will be judged for his anger. Anyone who taunts his friend, speaks contemptuously toward him, or calls him “Loser” or “Fool” or “Idiot,” will have to answer to the high court. (Matthew 5:21-22)

I don’t know about you, but for me, it seems sometimes as though our words and actions have journeyed far from grace. They have traveled far from the Living Water they were meant to be. We cannot extend grace if our hearts and minds are intransigent, if our ideas have become frozen like cement, if our notions of what we are supposed to do have caused us to make them into new laws to follow. We cannot mature in our faith in frozen water, only in Living Water.

I think far too often, we confuse faith with religion. And faith with theology. And faith with denominations. And faith with doctrine. The moment we are no longer inviting to those who aren’t just like us, we begin to harden. Cement swells or shrinks with the temperature, while water flows into every parched crack of our souls. Maybe cement cannot be moved, but it is water that nourishes us and brings life to us all.” Steve Austin, Wrestling with Messy Grace

30 comments

  1. “We cannot mature in frozen water…only in Living Water.” Wow. That’s so true. What a great illustration.

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    1. Thank you, and thanks so much for coming by to read. It means a lot when other folks take the time to read, support and comment. 🙂

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  2. Great post. Thanks for the challenge

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    1. It’s a challenge we all must face on a daily basis. Thank you for the read.

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  3. Great post! I’d forgotten all about that old nursery rhyme, Tuesday’s child is full of grace.

    I have been so blessed, I’ve only encountered the grace and humility of Christians, they’ve been complete lifesavers, humble and kind. I do know however that the other kind exist, you see it in our politics and sometimes on the internet. That judgmental, critical, bullying voice is not a good thing, it drives people away from faith.

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    1. Yes it does, just the opposite of what Jesus wanted us to do.

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  4. We all need to remember to be kind, gentle, strong, fair, good, tactful. And not angry, nasty, cunning, sharp-tongued, selfish, egotistical. Everyone on earth, Christian or otherwise needs to work on this imho. As for politicians, only Kasich and Clinton have controlled themselves and been civil.

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    1. I agree with your humble opinion, Beth. Our general lack of civility is the main reason I don’t “do” facebook anymore; haven’t for about three years. My blog sends out an automatic notice new posts; other than that, as the saying goes, I refuse the invitation to an argument.

      And truthfully, I’m not particularly interested in what my acquaintances had for lunch. :-/

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  5. Good post dearest. Interesting comments too! You know my feelings on the matter. The Christian religion as is popular today, shall we call it ‘popular christianity’ seems a far stretch to compare to The unity of people under the creators grace. Do we claim to be a part of it or do we walk in and throw the tables? No, this Christ never shunned the church, but he did shun falsehood. False prophets, false doctrine, false hearts. These he got pretty damb pissed off with… yes? No? Meek and mild? In our hearts toward our creator. Toward those whom have usurped what we wish to represent? Not me… I cannot watch them sell their wares in their wolves disguise and be associated in my faith with that. I would go so far to say, if all those who see the circus it is rebuked and turned away and refused to be counted as a pharisee… how would their power dwindle? The problem? By whose or what name would the wide awake be known? Maybe.. a rose by any other name… would smell as sweet? And isnt it in the sweetness, or salt, that we are known? People cry, fellowship fellowship… yes, sure, it is good to know and meet likeminded souls, What about certain people who cannot GET to church? Perhaps they are placed in a desert? It all is about judgement, and how and when we should use it in its different inferences. Using our JudgeMENT being mildly different from being judgeMENTAL?
    And I so hope I did not state that people can be placed in puddings!!! A pickle for sure, but pudding? 😉

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    1. “Using our JudgeMENT being mildly different from being judgeMENTAL” Yes, quite different.

      I think we have to remember the only rules (commands) Christ placed upon us was to love. All other rules came after, in our attempt to put us in a box. Whether they came from the apostles (James, Peter or Paul) or from more “modern” times, rules and laws change behavior, not the heart. Only Jesus can do that.

      Heart transformation must comes first, through love and grace. It is only then the desire for behavior changes occur; only then, behavior changes become permanent our of our love for the One who loved us first.

      When going to church becomes a rule, it does nothing to engage us, nothing to transform us, nothing to bring us closer in our relationship with the One who saved us.

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  6. Loved Mel Wild’s comment and he’s so right. People need to see Jesus in us and all that we do. Great one, Susan! 🙂 ❤

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    1. Thank you, Natalie. And yes, Mel brings much wisdom wherever he goes. 🙂

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  7. Good word about grace and truth, as always, Susan. Maybe if we acted more like Christ (Christ-ians) in our daily lives, instead of trying to look like Christians once week, people would like us like they do Jesus. Just a thought… 🙂 Blessings.

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    1. And maybe – just maybe – those who don’t know Him would come to know the real Jesus, instead of the one they think they know.

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      1. Yes! 🙂

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  8. Thanks for allowing me . My intent was not meant to harm only to allow healing through being transparent in my own struggles and lack of faith.My prayer is that this will be so. My post was more in response to those that have left for those reasons .

    Blessings Tom

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    1. I always see your heart through your comments, Tom, and my comment back to you was not meant as exhortation. Just as yours was, it was meant to reassure readers there are many reasons, many ways to embody church, and, as you pointed out so graciously, many ways to heal. ❤

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      1. Smiling and much love to you Susan.

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      2. 😉 And back ‘atcha as always, my friend.

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  9. We can pray for humility and mercy for each of us. That we would grow into fullness in Jesus. That we have ears that can hear. Then we will have a desire to put Jesus first in our life’s and live our life’s daily in a way that would reach the lost and encourage one another.. It is sad to see Christian’s criticism of the church today. It shows a lack of maturity in Christ as well as pride. God said he opposes the prideful and those that humble themselves he will honor. Israel is a good example of what pride and self righteousness will get us.

    I to once was critical of the church. I was disappointed and someone had offended me. This left me wounded and hurt.Which led to bitterness. I left the church and went from one to the other,searching for one that would please me. When I couldn’t find one then I just left all together.

    After some years went by and me explaining to everyone how I was doing my own thing. The Holy Spirit began to show me the lie I was living. I asked for for forgiveness, for many of the sins I had in my heart and returned to church,realizing that I had created my own self righteous attitude towards others. Then justified it by pointing out how they had hurt me and disappointed me.. All the while searching for Jesus in my woundness.

    Folks Christ was never offended,nor did he ever forsake the church. When we walk away or stay away because of others lack then we are acting in fear and not trusting Jesus. Only when we surrender everything to Jesus can he heal us and bring us into that glorious fullness in him. Where we love him, the church and others.

    We cannot love Jesus and the church and then deny and turn our backs on the church. It wont work.

    Susan I enjoyed your post. I apologize for highjacking your blog. I just believed this needed to be said.

    Much love Tom

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    1. Tom you are always welcome to say whatever the Spirit leads you to say here.

      I must add that some, like me, do not leave the church with bitterness in our hearts. We are led away to find deeper meaning in our relationship with the Lord, allowing the Spirit to help us mature in our faith. We need solitude for that to occur. I was wholly surrendered to Him, and patiently waiting in His timing to lead me back if and when it was appropriate for me.

      During the year, I became part of a bigger church, one that allowed me to reach out to those I might not have met. We now fellowship every other week through Skype, and it is a joy to share our walk with the Lord.

      We must remember, church is not a building, it is a body of believers. I am glad I waiting with patience for His timing. I now have two churches, two bodies of believers I can say I belong to. I see Jesus working in both, both have meaning and both will enhance my relationship with Him and assist me to offer His light and love to others.

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  10. Thanks for another inspiring, thought-provoking post, Susan! You are so right that we need to DAILY offer love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness to all we meet! Blessings to you.

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    1. Thank you. I think we come from the same love-inspired heart of Jesus. Bless you for your comment.

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  11. Thanks for another inspiring message, Susan! How very true that we need to grant love, mercy, grace, and forgiveness DAILY to all we meet. Blessings to you!

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    1. And to you. Thank you so much for your encouragement. ❤

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  12. Good questions Susan. I don’t attend church – too much hate and exclusion there for me. I have a great deal of Faith and prefer my God to just love and include all that he created. Besides my Mum is a lesbian – so she is shunned by almost all Christian Churches. Just their hate at work again. I understand in my heart and soul why Jesus was sent and believe completely in HIm and so call myself a Christian but churches are made by man.

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    1. I agree with you, Paul. I only returned after a year-long hiatus for many of the same reasons. That year allowed me to sink more deeply into a personal relationship with Him. We’ll see how the return goes.

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      1. Thanks for understanding Susan. May the Lord be with you. 😉

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      2. He is, Paul, as He is with you. 🙂

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