Wednesday, December 22, 2010
I also think God purposed us for his church, that we should as a simple matter, be actively serving the church.
Yet, that comment confronts me, am I loving a lifestyle not the person of Christ? A lifestyle is a way of living that reflects the manners or values of a person or a group. There is nothing wrong with a "Christian lifestyle" it reflects the person of Christ.
The rub, the interesting point of the quote is the loving of lifestyle instead of loving the person the life is supposed to reflect.
In other words, do I enjoy being a Christian more than I love Christ?
Is it semantics or is it a healthy question?
To love being a Christian is to love self. Frankly to love Christ is to deny self. Instead of working toward being a better Christian, should I not focus on loving Christ more?
OK, so how? What does that look like. What difference does that perspective make? Yancey points to a clear acceptance of grace. To relate to God through His gift of grace,
So, this Christmas I accept the perfect gift of grace. I look to the person of Christ, as a baby, as a teacher, as a miracle worker--as a savior and I remember he not only chose to die for me, he opts to dwell in me. The internal presence is there, do I love it?