I’ve missed you. I have not posted anything for a week. Maybe you have missed me too, maybe.
Last Tuesday I had surgery so I spent the rest of the week away from my study. I did have time to do a little extra reading between “recovery naps” and a LOTR and Hobbit movie marathon (all six in three days).
One of the books I am reading is Follow Me written by David Platt. Platt is giving me a lot to think about and his thoughts are driving my thoughts this morning. So I want to share them with you and I as you to share your thoughts with me.
One basic theme of Follow Me is that conservative Christians (David Platt is Southern Baptist) have missed the point about being a Christian. He points out that the “sinner’s prayer” is not in the Bible and suggests that its absence should bother us. He suggests that in our evangelistic efforts we have missed the point of what being a Christian is. It is more that saying a prayer, it is more than walking an aisle, it is more than raising your hand, it is more than asking Jesus into your heart, and it is more than making Jesus the Lord of your life and it is more than accepting Him as your personal Savior. I add that being a Christian is more than hearing, believing, repenting, being immersed, and keeping rules of faithfulness. Being a Christian is following Christ.
Being a Christian is following Christ.
Christ calls us to take up our cross daily, to die to ourselves, to hate even our own life (Luk 9:23; Luk 14:26) if we are to follow Him. Christianity is not about you and me. Yes, our salvation is in Christ, but ultimately Christianity is about Christ and following Him. Consider the words of the apostle Paul, “For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.” (Col 3:3). Notice a few important things in that passage:
- You (and I) have died. I do not exist any longer. Your identity is gone.
- Your (and my) life now is hidden with Christ in God. I belong to God. He has adopted you as His child. We are His.
- Christ is your (my) life. Don’t miss this. Christ is not first and I am not second. You and I are nothing and Christ is ALL!
- Your glory (my glory) comes not in life on earth, but when He appears. Life here is about Him, not about me.
What are your thoughts?