Having laid out Part I of my vision a few days ago, it logically follows that there would be a Part II.
So what is meant by “Christian Living” and how do you define it? Furthermore, who defines it? How do we wrap our minds around what it means to live as a Christian? Furthermore, what kind of “Christian Living” am I trying to encourage?
Trying to define Christian living can be a daunting task. In it’s most simple form, I believe it can be broken down to: 1) the manner of one’s life being in Christ, 2) being alive in Christ 3) maintaining life and livelihood in Christ. This is by no means an exhaustive definition, but gives a starting point. What exactly is meant by “life in Christ” will make for some interesting blog topics at a later date. I believe that scripture has a lot to say about how the “life in Christ” manifests itself in our actions and words.
Furthermore, there have been numerous books and articles have been written on developing spiritual disciplines in the lives of Christians. Men and women of faith have lived their lives sold out for the sake of knowing Christ and making him known. One could also exhaust the myriad of scripture references admonishing us to “live sensibly, righteously, and godly in this present day and age” (Titus 2:12). But simply knowing these things is knowing about the Christian life, and it not necessarily Christian living, for “let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds “(Hebrews 10:24).
The vision and purpose of this blog to unpack what Christian living is all about in a God honoring way. Not so that we may boast in our good deeds, but so that we can boast in the cross of Christ and his power to change a life of sin and serving the flesh into a life that is submissive to the Spirit of God and used to glorify His holy name!
So, what kind of “Christian Living” am I trying to encourage? (Hint: check blog domain!) Answer: Christian Living with an Eternal Outlook. In some ways the statement seems redundant, because true Christian living is with an eternal outlook But sometimes, the thought of “Christian Living” conjures up dreams of some grandeur life of God’s blessing being bestowed upon one’s life and living the so-called “Christian American Dream”. My heart is to encourage Christian living that results in us “looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus” (Titus 2:13). That we would accept our role as strangers and pilgrims on this earth (see Hebrews 11:13) and that we would “desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one” (Hebrews 11:16). Be encouraged Christians brothers and sisters, our heavenly home awaits us!