When many people perceive Christianity they only view it from the standpoint of outward service. They see the times coming together for worship and Bible study; they see the actions of service performed in public or private; and often that is the only level of consideration given: what one has to do as a Christian. While those things are an integral part of the life of a Christian, they do not include one of the most important facets of true Christianity; that is: the attributes Christianity adds to the Christian’s life. Going beyond the actions and duties of serving Christ, what does being a Christian add to my life that makes it so worthwhile? Consider a few attributes added by Christianity.
My life as a Christian… is stable. The value of stability in life cannot be overstated. When one is stable in life, confidence and security grow in the heart of an individual and the life led becomes one void of fear. The stability of Christianity does not for one moment mean that the trials and struggles of life do not come; but when they do, there is a constant stabilizing force in my life that allows me to overcome all that I face. Paul put it this way: “For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day” (2 Tim. 1:12). As a Christian, I have an anchor for my soul (Heb. 6:19). In the tragedies of life I may lose my wealth, my family, my job, my friends, or any number of other things; but I will never lose the hand of my strength and shield as long as I remain firmly affixed to him as his servant (Psa. 18:1-2; John 10:27-28). Therefore, my life as a Christian has a stability the world cannot match or truly understand; because it is stabilized by someone outside of this physical realm.
My life as a Christian… is simple. Many people do not comprehend the simplicity of Christianity because all they see are the things one must do as a Christian, the level of work and commitment involved, and it seems anything but easy. Nevertheless, reality is sometimes far from perception, and my life as a Christian is truly quite simple. You see, every decision I make in life is guided by one central question: “What does God want me to do?” Recognizing that Christianity is not simply a title that is worn, but a lifestyle lived, allows one to greatly simplify the directions and decisions of life. Paul wrote, “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Rom. 6:16). As a servant (slave) of Christ, I have agreed to make his commands the priority of my life; to live my life after my own will no longer (Phi. 3:8-11). Thus, I have the ability to live by the standard of Paul when he wrote, “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned in whatsoever state I am therewith to be content” (Phi. 4:11). It does not matter what the world says is fashionable or trending, nor does it matter what everyone else is doing, all that matters is whether or not I am fulfilling the will of my master. This simplicity brings to life the statement of Solomon when he wrote, “Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecc. 12:13). Christianity simplifies life. It does not mean every decision is easy, but it does mean that the directions are simple.
My life as a Christian… is sensational. The word “sensational” has as its first definition “outstanding, exceptionally good,” and such is truly the definition of life as a Christian. It is amazing to see the difference in the outlook on life when you are not focused on all the things you do not have; but rather, are focused on the blessings bestowed upon your life. As a Christian, I have access to all spiritual blessings made available through Christ (Eph. 1:3); I have a family that extends far beyond the reaches of physical flesh and blood (1 Pet. 3:8); I have hope that is based, not in stocks, family fortune, or business ventures, but in the assurance of my Lord that he is coming again for me (John 14:1-3; 1 The. 4:13-18). Therefore, I have an outstanding life as a servant of Christ. I have a life bearing “the peace of God, which passeth all understanding” (Phi. 4:7).
Do these descriptions fit your life? There is no secret to living the Christian life, the only thing necessary is full dedication to the commands of God. Understand, however, that half-hearted service will not be enough. Sunday only worship will not bring one to this lifestyle of Christianity. It requires a full-time, life-long commitment to the service of Christ and the directions of his will. Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Mat. 10:28-30). When one commits whole-heartedly to the will of Christ, he discovers just how true this statement is. It is when he tries to take on the yoke of Christ, but still retain his “freedom,” that his life fails to meet this promise. Commit yourself wholly to a life in his service, obeying his commands and fulfilling his will: you will not be disappointed.
Great thoughts, Adam. A unique look at our chosen life. love, Mom