Being a Christian is an IDENTITY, not just an ACTIVITY…
a LIFESTYLE, not just a wknd EVENT. Don’t check it off the TO DO list, LIVE IT!
Christianity is first and formost about being, not doing. These are closely related b/c who we are is going to determine what we do, how we spend, where we go, etc. Our being impacts everything. But to get these reversed, making it about what I do is a tragic mistake. If we define ourselves by what we do security and significance may come and go with success or failure, people may be judged by their value to us instead of their innate worth as God’s creation, the tyranny of legalism can set in causing frustration at our own or others inability to measure up to a standard, busyness/adding God as one more thing on my schedule can lead to regret and guilt and frustration and and inconsistency that will lead to just giving up.
The real work of Christianity has already been done by Christ. His work was to provide a solution for man’s separation from God b/c of sin. It’s done! We can’t add to it or take away from it. Religion says DO, Christianity says DONE. Because of his work we can BE something different. Jesus said to the fishermen, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men” Matthew 4:19. It was a call to a new identity and to have Christ MAKE them something they weren’t.
Do you approach Christianity from a DO mentality or as an IDENTITY? Can you be defined by WHO YOU ARE in Christ? or are you striving to do enough? Has your checklist produced joy, peace, transformation? Let go of the list and allow Christ to make you into a new creation. You can then live and become and act from the overflow of who you are.
Posted on December 8, 2011, in Discipleship. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.
Love this, Pastor Lane. You have a wonderful way of explaining the truths of the kingdom in such simplicity but with accurate clarity. Blessings to you and yours today
Love this, Pastor Lane. You have a wonderful way of explaining the truths of the kingdom in such simplicity but with accurate clarity. Blessings to you and yours today.
I enjoy reading your blog posts often. You are an amazing communicator and your love for the Lord and His church are evident. Your church family must feel the same way. Keep strong…we need more faithful men like yourself.