Tuesday, June 13, 2017
At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:16b-17(NLT)
Paul knew the value of making a definite choice. Some choices are vital and you get pretty instant feedback. Grabbing a live, bare electric wire is one that comes to mind!
In writing to the Corinthian believers the apostle was stating a basic tenet of the faith: when you choose to follow Christ it will have an instant effect, but it will also change the future. The old life is history and the new life is transforming us into spiritually-aware children of God who not only act differently – our perception of, and focus on everything becomes different.
· Our desires change from worldly to heavenly.
· Our view of self transforms from pride and selfish to humility and generosity.
· Our priority changes from doing, getting and having to being.
That’s quite a change; more than worm to butterfly – it’s a change from emptiness to sharing in the kingdom! It’s the difference between a child playing with trucks or dolls, to an adult unlocking the secrets of the universe.
C.S. Lewis wrote:
Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and, if true, of infinite importance. The one thing it cannot be is moderately important.[i]
I have met a lot of people in 7 decades of living.
· I have met those who do not believe that Christianity is true…more than, say, the tooth fairy.
· I have also met those who believe Christianity is so important they are what most of us would classify as fanatics.
· And then there are those I’ve met who believe Christianity is absolutely true and of utmost importance, but treat it as if it were only an addendum to their life; it’s something we need not get too fanatical about…the kind of faith that is simply, as C.S. Lewis wrote, moderately important.
That last category of people begs the whole question about the Christian faith…to wit:
Do you add Christ to your life…or do you give your life to Christ?