What is it that qualifies a person as a “good Christian”? When we use this phrase, does it mean that the person goes to church, helps others, lives an ethical or moral life, reads their Bible, prays to God, has no obvious sin issues, fights injustice, is a really good neighbor, talks about Jesus a lot, maybe all these things combined?
How we think Christians should live is reflected in what we mean by this phrase. What I mean when I say someone is an “amazing Christian” might mean something totally different than if you said it.
So today, let’s see if we can get on the same page regarding this.
WHAT CHRISTIANITY IS
Christianity is about the relationship between God and Humanity. It’s about a betrothed Queen who was trafficked into slavery, her betrothed King who took profound measures to rescue her, and about a forthcoming marriage between them which will occur after the Day every last trafficker has been extinguished and every last preparation has been made.
In short, Christianity is about the greatest love affair there ever was.
Friends, the human race is God’s choice for eternal union, partnership, and rulership. All of humanity is deeply loved. We were chosen and loved before we were trafficked. And we were still chosen and loved while stolen away under the domain of darkness (Rom. 5:8-10).
As HIs chosen loves, as the subjects of His rescue through Christ Jesus, how do we live a “good Christian life”?
HOW IS CHRISTIANITY LIVED?
Christianity is lived from Christ. As the One who came to replace the first Adam and become a new beginning of a new human race, He is the only One eligible to effect a reversal of the Genesis 3 curse in us.
In our flesh, we live from the mind of darkness, taking in and being deceived by its little white lies. But through the Spirit of God deposited in every Christian, we have access to live from the mind of Christ.
Our English word ‘repentance’ is translated from a Greek word meaning “change of mind.” This is very significant.
You and I live the Christian life when we quiet the mind of darkness in our flesh by hearing the mind of Christ through His Spirit instead.
For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God…. But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Cor. 2:11,16
We don’t live the Christian life by changing our externals, but by changing our internals.
As long as we walk planet Earth, Christians have simultaneous access to both the mind of darkness and the mind of Christ.
We live the Christian life—we live from the freedom for which Christ set us free—when we come to Him, wishing-toward Him for His precious Life-source to supply our every endeavor, and when we risk the step forward trusting He surely will.
FAITH AND WORKS
This is what the Lord’s half-brother James meant when he said, “I will show you my faith by my works.” (James 2:18b)
He didn’t mean that if you’re a real Christian you’re going to do good things. No! He meant that the activity (works) born out of this wishing-toward, trusting-for-supply risk-and-receive walk with God will be other-worldly in nature.The high, heavenly nature of our activities will be displays of the faith we possessed to receive the resources of God for them in the first place.
Works that are nice, but self-energized may be impressive. But works guided and empowered by the King Himself are other-worldly.
So friends, are you a “good Christian”? Do your works wreak of Heaven? Or do they just wreak of you? Are you a fragrant display of eternal Life being manifested in human form?
We don’t want to settle for being “good Christians” in the human, moralistic, cultural-Christianity sense. We want to be those “amazing Christians” who seem to come from somewhere else. Who seem to personally know God at another level.
I want to be that “amazing Christian”. How about you?
Never believe the enemy who tells you you can’t be. He’s a liar.
Through Christ, you can be!
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