Christianity is often curtailed as a system of private belief relegated to pertaining only to matters of spirituality and morality. In reality, Christianity is a system of life. It is a way of living that involves every aspect of one’s life from basic beliefs and worldview to culture and family. It also pertains to how one interacts in life, in the marketplace, and in the community both inside and outside of church.
Being a Christian is not just about what you believe and where you are on Sunday morning. It’s about so much more. It is an assignment, a worldview, a mission, and a way of life that stems out of a relationship with Jesus. Jesus on the inside of you causes an infusion of all that is Jesus to come out of you in all that you do. It is an identity that affects all areas of life from the smallest of choices to the largest. It is an identity of who you are when you are sitting still.
Jesus said that a good tree bears good fruit. Thus a Christian, being in a tangible relationship with Jesus, bears that reality that is inside him. That reality does not just manifest on Sunday mornings or in religious conversations, it is who you are all the time.
Many people try to be Christian. They wear Christianity on their shoulder by carrying a Bible, wearing a Christian tee-shirt, sporting a WWJD bracelet, or tuning their work radio to Praise and Worship Music to broadcast their identity. They think this is what Jesus meant when he said not to hide your light under a bushel.
However, living and breathing the way of the Christian life is living and breathing Jesus in all that you do. This looks more like going the extra mile, doing good to those who do wrong to you, talking well of those who talk bad about you, not participating in office gossip while at the same time not broadcasting your disdain. In fact, it means not having contempt for others, but instead a very powerful real love. This looks like being a cheerful giver of your time, things, and money. This looks like loving your wife, or a wife loving her husband. This looks like speaking well of your children. This looks like enjoying life with an open heart. It looks like love.
Christianity being a way of life means it is first a way of the heart. It means that one’s heart is fully immersed in Him and He flows out of you without trying. Religion is an imitation of what this looks like. Religion is trying to look like a good Christian by exerting natural effort to do the right thing even when your heart bears contempt. The way of Jesus is doing the right thing because the right thing is naturally what flows out of you.
This is not to say that there is no struggle. Paul had the struggle, so do we. We do the things we know we ought not to do, but each moment is a new moment to remember we are of Christ and we are dead to sin and alive in Him.
We have to understand though it is not a matter of doing, but being. If we try to do or even try to be, we will be copying, imitating, promoting rules and religion because we want others to try as hard as we. Relax. Rest in Him. The only striving we are called upon to do is to strive to enter His rest. When we rest in Him, our effort is light and His is strong. He does all the heavy lifting.
If only a few thousand Christians in a nation realize who they are in Christ thereby having Jesus be their way of life, we could transform every nation on this planet in a matter of years to reflect the glory of the
. Will you be counted among that number? Kingdom of God