Many of our readers here at Project Inspired grew up attending church. Some of you have been with the same church family since you were in nursery school. Others have switched churches over the years, but have remained connected to the body of Christ in some capacity since childhood.
For the “church girl,” faith can feel routine and predictable. You know the language. You know the songs. You know the books of the Bible. But do you own your faith or is it the faith of your parents? Do you know why you believe what you believe?
Cultivate a curiosity about God’s Word.
Like you, I grew up in church—several different church families, but still the body of Christ. Though I said the “sinner’s prayer” at age six, I didn’t own my faith until I was 15. Curiosity about God and His Word drove me to understand more about my faith, more than I was learning in church, home and school. This independent study helped me grow closer to the Lord not just in knowledge, but also in relationship.
When we lose our curiosity for God, we lose the relational aspect of Christianity. In human relationships, we love when our friends (or boyfriends!) remain curious about who we are and how we are doing. We love to be known and loved. God is the same! He created us with this desire, and it is an echo of His own relational nature. To know and believe God is the very center of Christianity. We can’t call ourselves Christians if we don’t do those things, and we need perpetual curiosity about the Lord as part of that.
Don’t be embarrassed about your “boring” testimony.
Have you ever sat in a Bible study and shared testimonies of faith? Perhaps you were wowed by the girl whose past included former drug addiction, promiscuity or a hatred for Christianity. The Lord’s work in her life looks glamorous compared to your simple, “boring” testimony.
My own Bible study once discussed this. Many of the attendees were “church people.” But one of our members was not, and she told us a sobering truth: If she had to do it over, she would rather be spared the pain of her past. “I am grateful for what God did in my life,” she said, “but I would love to have a testimony like yours.”
We can’t change our stories; God redeems them! God’s redemption means that no life story is unable to bring glory to Him, no matter how “boring” we think it is. God can still work in your life and through your person if you submit yourself to Him.
Remember: It’s okay to ask hard questions!
Finally, don’t be afraid to question what you’ve grown up believing. But as you question, remember this: God is always the answer, and He is always good. Our world is fallen, so we will naturally see evil and sin influencing people and circumstances in our lives. God helps answer our hard questions through His Word, but we must be diligent students of it to discover the truth.
When I first questioned some of my views about church, family and how to live as a Christian, I was scared. I felt like questioning certain things meant I was denying God Himself! But God can handle your questions if you approach Him humbly and with a mind open to HIS truth—not just what you want to be true.
Your testimony as a “church girl” matters. Let God work in your story. You don’t have to be ashamed of the gospel as it has played out in your very own life.