Sunday, November 25, 2007

What's It Really All About?

I ponder this question a lot to myself, during my Bible study and my prayer sessions with God: What is this Christian walk really all about?

Why do we do it? Why is it so important for us to be close to God? What, really is the point?

Well, here it is in a nutshell: We become Christians to save ourselves from a life of sin and hell. After we commit our lives to God, we experience many things (both negative and positive) that go into shaping us into the strong men and women of God He would have us to be. Once we've become those people, He uses us to minister to other people.

That's pretty much it. Along that journey you are confronted with the two most important commandments: to love God with all your heart and to love others as you love yourself. You usually get to learn that in the formative stages of your Christian development. And you go through a lot of trials, tribulations and problematic situations designed specifically to teach you virtues like love, patience, longsuffering, humility, etc. Whatever your issue is, God has a remedy in the form of a situation especially tailored to effect maximum change in you.

But it is all for a purpose. We are meant to be in fellowship with God. We feel incomplete without His presence in our lives. As we develop our relationship with Him, He teaches us about love and expects us to share that love with other people. Once we have developed to a certain level in our spiritual walk (and that level is different for everybody), we should be helping another person in some form, shape or fashion. We are to use the gifts He has given us for the benefit of other people.

And that's what it's all about.

Don't believe me? Here are some scriptures for reference:

John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.(KJV)

Jam 1:2-4 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.(KJV)

1Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.(KJV)

1 Corinthians 12:5-10 There are different ways to serve the same Lord, and we can each do different things. Yet the same God works in all of us and helps us in everything we do. The Spirit has given each of us a special way of serving others. Some of us can speak with wisdom, while others can speak with knowledge, but these gifts come from the same Spirit. To others the Spirit has given great faith or the power to heal the sick or the power to work mighty miracles. Some of us are prophets, and some of us recognize when God's Spirit is present. Others can speak different kinds of languages, and still others can tell what these languages mean. (CEV)

And, here is a good one:
2 Corinthians 1:4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. (KJV)

So what do you think it's really all about?


Ame said...

Well written.

"trials, tribulations and problematic situations" ... I do not believe they are limited to the "formative stages of your Christian development."


Sonya Triggs-Wharton said...

I agree that those things are not limited to your formative stages. You are shaped throughout your Christian journey. But God is good :)

Unknown said...

Hello There! Thanks for stopping by my spot, and thanks for the comment on my baby! Danayja has added a whole new realm to our lives!

I love your post. It’s one of those that make you go “huummm… Let me think about this”! People become Christians for all types of reasons. And some wear Christianity like a medal of honor, a trophy, or a badge. But “What’s It Really All About??” Fact: You can only get to the Father through the Son. This we know because it is in the word, but man oh man, getting to him, staying with him, and growing in him is something totally different!
I personally think it is about relationships and Love. Everything boils back down to relationships. Relationships with your family, peers, other Christians, Father, Son, Holy Ghost, relationships with your job, your money, everything!! Romans 8:38 & 39 lets us know that nothing can separate us from God’s love.
I stand on that truth!

Blessings Regina

Jason McGibbon said...

It would seem that Jesus really meant it when he said that to love God and to love our neighbour as ourself was really the most important thing. It sounds almost too simple, and I guess that is why we sometimes try to add more to the list! It is never really as simple in practice though is it?
In a discussion about purpose I would only add one thought, and that is a specific emphasis on mission and evangelism. I think that as we go through life this is a key purpose (that would certainly fall under loving our neighbour) that we all share and should be concious about living out. This is one of the few spiritual activities that we are called to do, that we can only do while we are still here on this side of eternity. Although loving and helping are certainly a huge part of this (our walk must match our talk) it is also good to be reminded that we need to share with words as well.
The interesting thing is that all of us who come to know Jesus have a story that we can share. No matter how young or old we are in our faith God can begin to use the story that He has written through our lives to touch others around us.
Thanks for your great thoughts.

mencari kebenaran said...

1 would like to ask you baby..where is the story of jesus when he was at thirteen tiil twentynine years old
in bible??

and the second is when the first time jesus was potreted?
and who was his photograper?
what kind of brand of camera was used?

the third is.. is jesus the GOD OR human being?

did jesus ever give instruction to pray on sunday?

is there in bible if jesus one hundred present human and one hundred present GOD?

is there in bible said if you believe jesus as the GOD you will be entered to the heaven

1 need your answer as fast as possible..ok