I want a new type of Christianity that isn’t new at all
I think somewhere along the way we started defining Christians as those who don’t drink or cuss. A well behaved, church-going, middle classed American is what we think we will see the most of in heaven.
Is that what Jesus died for?
God is really big…I mean REALLY BIG. He created the whole world, every crazy creature from bugs to whales, the galaxies, the plants, and the amazing machine that is the human body. And with all of this he said man was his most prized creation. With great detail he made each of us in his image. He created us with a will. To choose to love him…or not.
He could have very easily just made us love him…but that wouldn’t be true love. It wasn’t long before we messed up pretty bad. The gap became so great between a Holy God and a sinful man that only a cross, with an innocent sacrifice could bridge the divide. None of us could pay the price….so he sent his son to pay it for us.
That is a love so deep I still can’t wrap my head around it. It’s like giving one of our children to pay for a crime they didn’t commit!
It is a relentless, selfless, all-consuming, heart-wrenching love.
The gospel costs nothing. We cannot buy it or earn it. It can only be received as a free gift, compliments of God’s grace. So it costs nothing, but it demands everything. And that is where most of us get stuck — spiritual no-man’s-land. We’re too Christian to enjoy sin and too sinful to enjoy Christ. We’ve got just enough Jesus to be informed, but not enough to be transformed.-Mark Batterson
I desire a “new” type of Christianity that really isn’t new at all. A Christianity that worries less about appearances and more about carrying each other’s burdens. Christians that desire to live simply so that others may simply live. A people so overwhelmed with love from God, that they can’t help but pour it out to everyone they meet.
When we truly grasp how much we are loved, we can’t help but love him back. We will want to fellowship with Him by getting our hands dirty serving. We will want to give others grace because we realize how much grace has been given to us. We will want to love others even though they don’t deserve it, because that is the kind of love that was show to us.
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