Dead or Alive?
(Here’s a smile for you dear reader. :D)
Christianity, as we always say, is not a religion. It is a relationship with the Lord. That relationship with the Lord is developed every time we spend time with Him(read our bibles) and He speaks to us everyday. So, spending time with God is a daily thing. Being a Christian is a daily thing.
Life is for the living of course. In Biology, a living organism is characterized by having an ability to acquire materials and energy, an ability to respond to stimuli, an ability to reproduce, an ability to grow and develop, etc.
Combining both, we get a Jesus-centered life. It is a life that knows these: how much God loves us that He sent His only Son to die for our sins and to make us victorious; how to listen to God and to surrender(an act of total trust) every thing to Him, even the struggles, hardships, problems, and life. And… a life that does not conform to the world.
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. [Romans 12:2]
As living Christians, we know that God enabled us to enter His presence and receive revelations from Him. (It is like acquiring materials energy.) As I said earlier, we can receive revelations, instructions, messages, warning, etc. from the Lord, and of course we receive these things not just to pile them up in our hearts and minds or fill our notebooks. We respond to what God says. (Yeah, I hope you got it. :D It is like responding to stimuli.) Next thing is that a Christian grows and develops. He does not stop from being a born again or being a baby. He matures in the Lord. He gets deeper and deeper in relationship with Him. He hungers for more of God. And He feeds on the Bread of Life. Lastly, a Christian has an ability to reproduce.(not just biologically)
Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” [Matthew 28:18-20]
We are called to share the Gospel(The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ according to the scriptures) and produce fruits. We share and we guide those baby Christians with their walk with God and the time will come that they too will produce their own fruits. As I did say, we don’t just pile up the revelations of the Lord. We share them to other people(Christian or non-Christian friends or strangers). Those revelations might encourage, inspire, or lift their spirits up.
If you are characterized by these, then you’re
probably a living Christian organism. (:D)
I tell you the truth, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” [John 21:18]
This verse is what I received from the Lord last night. At first I was like “Then who now would want to grow up if someday someone else will lead him to a place that he doesn’t want to go?”
Then…. I remembered that a Christian Life is a selfless life. A life that takes you OUT of your comfort zone.
I realized that a person having a shallow relationship with the Lord will still do his own will (dress himself) and not the will of the Lord. I guess that kind of relationship can easily fade away. On the other hand, a person with a deep relationship with the Lord will let God dress him and he is not afraid to go anywhere the Lord leads him to because he knows that his God is with Him.
The challenge for me is to go deeper in my relationship with the Lord. A life that is selfish, worldly and full of worries is nothing compared to a life that knows how great and powerful God is.
I am aiming for a life that will continue to know how magnificent God is.
PS. I am alive. :D