05
Feb
13

What defines our Christian faith?

Unfortunately, many Christians look at their faith as just another ingredient in their recipe for a perfect life. Together with job, friends, family, hobbies etc; these people look at their faith as a cook would look at flour or sugar. This version of cozy Christianity may be quaint and fodder for a nice family television series, but is it what God intended?

I am of the opinion that our Christian faith is supposed to be our life and not just an ingredient in our lives. I am of the opinion that our Christian faith is supposed to be our reason for living and not something that we get around to practicing when it is convenient. It is my opinion that our Christian faith is the cake and everything else in life is the frosting.

How we live is determined by what we believe. What we believe is, in a loose sense of the word, what constitutes our faith. In other words, our faith is defined by what we believe and in turn how we live. If we believe our purpose in living is to work a job, raise a family and be a good person; that defines our faith. If we believe our purpose in living is to glorify God, bring joy to the heart of our Father and reach out in love to others; that defines our faith.

The Christian faith represents a way of thinking, believing, living and giving that mirrors what our Lord Jesus taught us. The Christian faith is grounded in Christ, based on God’s truth and held together by love. The Christian faith is a reflection of all Christ taught us to believe and how He taught us to live. The Christian faith is in reality the faith of Jesus Christ.

Is there anything wrong with working a job? Of course not, for God’s Word exhorts us to work. Is there anything wrong with having children? Of course not, for they represent the heritage of the Lord. Is there anything wrong with having hobbies and doing things that bless us? Of course not, for God wants us blessed.

The problem is not with these things, but rather when they become our faith. When our faith is defined by how much money we make, what kind of house we live in, how many friends we have or the exploits of our children or grandchildren; that is when we have a problem. These things may indeed be blessings from God, but they are not the manifestation of our faith.

Simply put, our Christians faith rests in the firm belief that Jesus Christ is our Savior who gave His life to pay for our sins. Our Christian faith revolves around everything Christ did for us and what God gave to us through His grace and mercy. Our Christian faith is defined by who we are in Christ. The Christian faith is indeed all about Christ and what He did and not about ourselves and what we do.

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