A common problem that I see today among Christians, myself included, is that we want to boil Christianity down to a list of do’s and don’ts. We want to make being a Christian a practical checklist that we can check off, and as long as we are doing that, we are good. If we are trying to fight sin, we want something practical, something tangible, something that will help us be good people.
I am not speaking against putting blockers on your computer if you have a problem with pornography, or having a group of people around you to hold you accountable in your life, or avoiding certain things that could draw you into sin. I am not speaking against studying your Bible or praying or even sharing the gospel with people.
Here is the problem with us making Christianity practical: we end up trying to look like Jesus without Jesus. And when we do this, we end up looking like every other religion that is in existence. Follow these ten simple rules and you are good. If you want to be a “good” Christian, do these things and don’t do these things. In the end, we miss the entire point of the gospel.
So what I am about to say is the most life-changing and “practical” piece of advice I can give anyone. Take a few minutes to meditate on the following passage. Just sit and ponder the implications of it:
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.” -Colossians 1:15-20
Do you want to get sin out of your life? Look to Jesus! Pursue Jesus! He is the foundation of your life! He is true life! The more precious and the more glorious he becomes in your life, the less you will want to sin!
Do you want to learn how to live? Look to Jesus! He is above all and in all! He is all! He created all! He is the Goal! He is the one who puts us back in right relationship with God! He is God!
Do you want to be holy? Look to Jesus!
Do you want to be saved? Trust in Jesus! He is enough! He is better than life itself!
Do you want to know Him? Read the Book written about Him. Every aspect of our lives should be built upon the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ! I urge you, I beg you, look to Jesus for the answers to the questions you have in life. You may not get specific answers, but you won’t have to know all the answers because Jesus is enough!
Do you want to know what God’s will is for your life? Look to Jesus! You may not figure out what you are supposed to do for a career or who you are going marry. But you will trust those things to happen as they come in God’s perfect timing.
Christ is the end all to end all. He defeated death and the grave. You were created that you might seek Him. Jesus is THE way, THE truth, and THE life. “Fix your eyes on Jesus the author and perfecter of your faith.” He is everything that is good, everything that is beautiful, and everything that is trustworthy.
Written September 10, 2016. To follow Charlie’s blog, visit Looking Through a Gospel Lense.