FIRST-PERSON: Living the resurrected life
COUNTRY CLUB HILLS, Ill. (BP) -- Ask 10 different people to define what it means to be a Christian and you will probably get 10 different answers.
The name Christian is often claimed in our culture today, but the corresponding lifestyle is often absent. This disparity has left many confused on what authentic Christianity looks like.
Christianity is an external demonstration of the internal reality that by faith we have been united with Christ and hidden in Him. Our position in Christ is the foundation and motivation for our daily walk in the world.
We live in a world full of doubt, disagreement and downright evil. And the only answer to the ills of this world is the transformational power of the Gospel.
Our family members, neighbors, coworkers and friends need to see living displays of the resurrected life. We need to invite them into our homes and our dinner tables and let them see what compassion looks like, what forgiveness looks like, and what love looks like.
We need to talk to them and not at them, to listen to their concerns and their struggles. We need to offer them the hope of the Gospel along with a loving display of the Gospel.
Many of them won't come to church, so the church needs to go to them and display the resurrected life.
They will never stop cursing people out by their own power. They will never stop gambling away their savings by their own power. They will never stop lusting by their own power.
They need the power that is greater than willpower. They need resurrection power.
This power is described throughout Scripture. As the apostle Paul, for example, wrote: "if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God" (Colossians 3:1) and "if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, then he who raised Christ from the dead will also bring your mortal bodies to life through His Spirit who lives in you" (Romans 8:11).
But if we don't live the resurrected life, how can we expect to resurrect a dead culture?
God, we were born in sin, yet by Your grace You made us alive through faith in Christ. Now help us to live in light of the resurrection so that others may believe in You.