The world has always had its two cents to say about Jesus and Christianity. From the moment God spoke to the Serpent in Genesis 3:15, all the way through to the prophets of old, to the Jewish leaders and the early churches of Acts, to the Roman Empire and the “Christianization” of the world, to Luther writing his 95 Theses, to the Jesus Movement of the 60’s and 70’s, to our current post-modern, “everything is relative” society, there has been a LOT said about Jesus and what it means to be a Christian.
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking over the last few weeks on this topic and asking myself the question – “I call myself a Christian…do I live as one?”
Where do I get my understanding of what it means to be a Christian? From my family? From my church? From Facebook articles posted on my news feed? From the “red letters” of Jesus in the New Testament? From the anointed preacher I hear on the pulpit?
Yes and no. All of the above is sometimes a part of it, but it is all really nothing without this – the Word of God and the sound doctrine contained within it.
If I call myself a Christian, I am associating with Jesus. I am calling myself one of His children and disciples. Therefore, the foundation of my beliefs and the bedrock of my life is build upon what He taught.
Matthew 7:24-27 (NKJV) (emphasis added) says this –
24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
We are living in a time when we are all looking for a rock to build our lives upon, something to anchor our souls in the swirl that has become our minds, our culture, our lifestyles, and our reality. And we have to decide – is what the Bible teaches (doctrine) going to remain head knowledge or is it going to be chewed on, thought through, prayed about, and lived out in the everyday moments?
The more I read the Word, the more I realize I know very little about Jesus and His teachings. But I don’t want that to scare me away from diving into the depths, widths, heights, and lengths of His love and the truth. I’m praying for the courage, grace, and wisdom to read the Scriptures, believing that each day is a gift I get to know Him more and live for Him.