As Christians we often do not walk worthy of our faith simply because Jesus Christ isn’t the biggest and highest reason for everything we think, do, say and experience. This is not some spirituality abstract statement, but a profoundly practical one.
We think of Creation as earthly, not a work of Christ, and so we use the earth to please ourselves instead of invest in Christ’s kingdom. We think of our possessions as our resources, not Christ’s open hand, and so we greedily pursue more, instead of joyfully thanking Christ. We think of our faith as something that we need to claim, not as a gift from Jesus, and so we pride ourselves in our ‘religion’ instead of humbly worshipping Jesus. We think of our souls as that which needs fulfilment, not as redeemed property serving Christ, and so we direct our lives to please self instead of Christ. We think of politics as something we control in our democracy, not a tool in the almighty hand of Jesus, and so we fret, fear and foam at the mouth about our government, instead of faithfully praying for them. We think of spirituality as something that needs to be felt and experienced on earthly terms, not something that is already ours in Christ, and so we long more for feel-good spirituality than for normal-godliness spirituality.
Whatever issue of life you take, if you do not first understand it in its relationship to Jesus Christ, then you are not walking as worthy of your faith in that area of life as you ought. Worthy Christians see all things in terms of Jesus Christ.
For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.Colossians 1:16-17
Will the following thoughts not change the way you live today? My body belongs to Jesus; will it please self or Christ today? My spouse and children are given my by Christ; how will I treat them? The poor at the street corners were given breath today by Christ; how will I think about them? The sunshine or rain has been arranged by Jesus; will I praise Him? The hair on my head are numbered by Christ; will I fear what man thinks of me? The countless people involved in the entire process of having breakfast on the table this morning each received the strength to do so from Jesus; will I spare a thought of true worship to Him?
Now may the God of peace … equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. AmenHebrews 13:20-21