A nominal Christian is a Christian who in reality treats Jesus as if he were an insignificant or trifling person. At one time there was reverence for him, but then the challenge of life happened. Events came and went in the person’s life and each was met, but the once held reverence for God was replaced by self-reliance. The once held awe for God was condensed down to yearly nods at Christmas and Easter.
On occasion there were scares in the nominal Christians life: A sick child, the results of a medical test, or the death of a beloved, but 12,000 days have passed, 12,000 shrugs, 12,000 ho-hums and it has come down to, “God who?”
What impresses me about Jesus is he is a man of invitation: “Come follow me,” (Mt. 4:19); “Come to me” (Mt. 11:28); “Come and see” (John 1:39); “Come and drink” (Jon 7:37); “Come and dine” (John 21:12). Jesus is always inviting us back to him, and in those invitations there is never judgment.
Life is a challenge, that’s a constant, but it is never challenging to God. Have you become a nominal Christian? It’s not too late, for Jesus is inviting you back.
Nominal no more,