Rules and good deeds
What does it mean to be a Christian?
Is it about a religion? Is it about people doing their best to outweigh their bad deeds with their good deeds? Is it about following a bunch of strict rules that take all the fun out of life?
- Yes, Christianity does mean that you obey God but you obey Him out of love not in order to get His love. (John 14:15)
- Yes, you should gather with other believers because when you believed in Christ and received His forgiveness of your sins then He adopted you into the family of God. And now you need to meet with your family to encourage, teach, and love one another. (Hebrews 10:25)
But all of the doing and the gathering are an overflow of the most important thing.
Primarily, Christianity is about a relationship with God.
Luis Llerena-STOCK SNAP
And what does a relationship with God look like?
John 15:5 (NIV) “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
It’s about proximity. God wants you to be plugged in. He is your life source and apart from Him, your spirit will wither away.
He wants you to spend time with Him. Not just when you need something but always.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV) Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
It’s about communication. This verse talks about praying without ceasing. And you think, “well that’s impossible, I can’t stay home all day praying. I have things to do”.
God wants you to pray yes, at your home but also as you go throughout your day.
Pray as you work, play, eat, buy groceries, workout, do homework, or do nothing. He is seeking a continual interaction between Him and His child.
To be a Christian
To be a Christian means to have a continuous exchange of love with the one who loves you more than anyone.
To be a Christian means to meditate on His word and His creation so He can speak to you and then pray without ceasing so that you can speak to Him.
To be a Christain is about a relationship.