What really do we mean when we say true Christianity?
In the parable of the talents we came across that servant who has no doubt that his master was being unfair. He actually finds the boldness to look his master in the face and tell him the piece of his mind.
‘Sir, I know you are a hard man; you reap harvests where you did not plant, and you gather crops where you did not scatter seed. I was afraid, so I went off and hid your money in the ground. Look! Here is what belongs to you.’ (Matthew 25: 24-25)
What do you think about this? Have there been times in your life that you feel that way? Times when you think God is unfair and was perhaps asking for too much?
Many have settled with the mind-set that true Christianity is demanding. “God is too demanding… “. Well Getting to where God is, is not a cheap journey. Jesus’ first coming and return to the father did not come cheap. If we know this and have accepted to follow Christ, why then do we think it has to be cheaper than it is already? Given the inherent grace in his sacrifice on the cross.
On the surface, Christianity may not yield its full potential. The heart of God is only found in the deeps. True Christianity is getting to the point where you no longer act like you feel, you no longer see what the crowd sees, no more dirty thinking, your view and perspective on the purpose of your existence has taken a deeper turn. You just don’t want the business as usual kind of lifestyle but instead you yearn for substance. You want a deeper walk with God. You want to be part of a mission and a vision greater than you.
You are only as great as the cause you serve.
Many identify Christianity as the typical hall of fame of signs and wonders. Well I dare to say that Christianity would be too cheap if that were the case. Choosing the path of Christ is no guarantee that you will have it easy in life. On the personal level, I describe Christianity as purity in privacy– your bottled up and unrevealed intentions, what you think and do when no one but God is looking. On a general and extended level, it is making life better for another person. That’s why there are missionaries from all denominations who have devoted their lives and resources to fostering growth and development in many parts of the world where visible change is needed. Any church that has no room for the less/underprivileged in the society is not fit to be called the body of Christ. There must be something you can do for God and for your neighbors; something that can effect positive change in the space around you. You were made to be a blessing to someone or even so many without you knowing it.
Jesus traded the comfort of his heavenly kingdom to dwell among men and was ultimately humiliated in that passionate task of saving humanity. Thus we are expected at some point to forfeit our supposed comfort for the good of another, all for the love and to Glory of God.
“Take up your cross daily and follow me”. All God wants is the “yes” from a sincerely obedient heart and the rest is history. “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light”. When we surrender our every breadth and move to God; and take on the full cloak of Christianity, it no longer feels like a burden. Rather it becomes a passionate project you would spare absolutely nothing to see it accomplished. There will surely be hard and tough moments in your spiritual and physical life but what would never be missing is the conviction that you are in it together with your maker. What could be more reassuring than that? That the maker of the universe has your back. You literally have your peace knowing that he who started the work in the first place will bring it to completion.
so that it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. This life that I live now, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave his life for me. (Galatians 2:20)
It is difficult not to constantly bring Mother Theresa to the picture anytime true Christianity is mentioned. She was and remains a reminder of our mission to our fellow men here on earth- bringing the light into someone’s darkness.
When God calls you the light and the salt of the world, what do you understand? He is commissioning you to make the world, your immediate space a better place. To create and be the difference with the talents, skills, resources and positions he has given you. To stand out and not fit into the crowd.
The lukewarm Christian is the one on the surface; Sunday pew warmers; utterly passive on acts and matters of faith; the one who cowers in the face of truth for selfish interests; the one who is ashamed to stand with God against abortion, artificial contraceptives and the LGBT culture. He would rather sit on the fence and play sentiments with the rest of the world.
But because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I am going to spit you out of my mouth! (Revelations 3:16)
To whom much is given, much is expected. God cannot give you more than you can take. He knows we are equal to the task. He made us and knows just about how much we can carry. Often times you and I disappoint him by succumbing to erroneous public opinions about the life of joy and truth that he has called us to live. Today, we are being reminded of the importance of yielding real fruits of true Christianity.
So is God really asking for too much? Consider the essence of the cross of Calvary, the privilege of being a perpetual partaker in the resultant grace from that sacrifice and then weigh how much you have invested in propagating the reign of Christ. How much are you willing to let God do through you?