The Real Christian Life
There are a never ending amount of items that selfishly crowd into our lives: obligations, priorities, interests, and, in my case, honey-dos that beg for my time. And that one we rank as most important is not always the one to be at the top of the list. Life seems so complex.
The person who has placed faith in Jesus for their salvation can look back to that day when the decision was made to make Jesus their Savior from sin. Whether a short time ago or decades back, a believer can see many changes over the years. Changes that are there because of a decision that was made back into their past.
But changes can be made for a variety of reasons. Maybe the pressure of a family member, or guilt, or simply deciding that there was need for a change. Any of these motives can result in the Christian life becoming little more than a routine of dos and don’ts—a living out life waiting for heaven. But that isn’t the outcome of faith in Jesus that our Lord had in mind.
“The thief [Satan] comes only to steal and kill and destroy;
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10
So what is life to the full? The best start in answering that question is to consider the order of the verse that Jesus shared with His disciples. Step One needs to be a clear understanding that Satan is all around us seeking every sneaky way he can find (and he’s had plenty of practice) to turn us away from the “full” life that Jesus came to give. “Just eat, drink, and be merry,” Satan would say. “Live life to the full. You deserve it.” Satan’s idea of a full life, however, is several steps away from what Jesus came to give us.
Real life to the full is a life of ongoing faith in that same Jesus who left the glory of heaven to suffer death and then enter into our lowly life that we may have all that He has to offer… now! (Colossians 2:6.)
Offer? More than heaven?
Jesus was asked “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
He replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and
with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.” (Matt 22:36-38)
Loving God with all your heart leaves no room for mindless “Christian” routine or just thinking of “Christian” things to fill part of one’s life. It necessitates a two-way relationship—a two-way dependancy. We depend on God day-by-day and even hour-by-hour for the direction, wisdom, and answers to prayer that only He can give. God depends on us to be His witnesses of His power and grace at work in our lives in a dark and needy world. We become, at that moment of faith, an earthly ambassador for our Lord (2 Corinthians 5:17-21).
The Christian life is to be lived out with a moment-by-moment faith that Jesus is living in you (Colossians 1:27). Your life is a billboard for the One you will one day see face to face. Some billboards are large and catch everyone’s attention. Others are small and on the bumper of a car. Your billboard—your responsibility to let your light shine (Matthew 5:16)—may not be meant to be seen by millions. Maybe only dozens. But it needs to be very visible to the audience for which it is meant.
The question is very simple: Do people see Jesus and the “full life” in my life? Does Jesus have His rightful place in my daily routine? Is He in the driver’s seat or in the back?
Lord Jesus, Please show me how to shine brighter for You. I want to know that “full life” You came to give. I want heaven to start right now. I want people to see You in my life. I don’t want to miss anything You have for me. Thank you, Amen.