Lately, I read and answer questions that people have on Reddit. Many of these questions pertain to what a person should do regarding Confirmation, Baptism and Salvation. Other questions I read, pertain to other topics in the Bible regarding moral issues. The questions about salvation are on what the Bible says is necessary to become a believer and follower of Christ. I find it very interesting that many people ask or answer others according to what the minimum a person should do. Salvation is not complicated, baptism isn’t complicated, however, people tend to state the “least cost” involved. To me at least, this does not convey joy to the world for what Christ has done for me. Do I want to share this joy with others? Is sharing Christ with others a burden for us? Is living a set apart life, a burden for us?
Convey Your Joy By Not Giving Just Your Minimum
When I think of giving, do I give the least I can get away with? Is this how I treat God? He gave His entire life for the world. Why would I live only doing the minimum I can for Him? If I accept a new job or work on a project or paper for school, I don’t do the least amount to make someone pleased with my work, but so many people today look at how little they can do, to get away with to please God. I read often, “all you have to do” Is this all you want though, for a relationship with Jesus Christ? The minimum relationship with God is by salvation alone. The term used for salvation is justification.
Convey Your Joy To the World, That You Are Created For His Purpose
We convey our joy to the world in our personal relationship with Him. We are His creation, created for His purpose. Because of this, He is still working on me! I am a work in progress! If He is working in our lives, this is not a salvation only experience. He does want more in our relationship with Him than only “fire insurance” from going to hell instead of heaven.
10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.Ephesians 2:10, NIV
The Holman Christian Standard Bible states,
10 For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.Ephesians 2:10, HCSB
20 and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body,[a] I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.Galatians 2:20,HCSB
He set us apart,(sanctification) to walk with Him. This is why He created us. He began with Adam, to have an authentic relationship with the people He created. Since Adam sinned, thus passing on this sin nature to us, Jesus made a way for us to continue this communion or relationship with Him. He died on the cross as payment for our sin, that if we believe this and this alone, we will not perish but have everlasting life(John 3:16) God does not Only want this from us though. Yes, it is what starts a relationship with Him, but we hopefully want more than salvation.
Listen To Some Words Of The Song Featured Today:
If I should speak, then let it be, of the grace that is greater than all my sin, of when justice was served and where mercy wins, of the kindness of Jesus that draws me in. Oh to tell you My Story is to tell of Him! This is My Story, this is my song, praising my Savior All The Day Long! Oh to tell you my story, is to tell of Him!Big Daddy Weave, My Story
Please convey to others that living for Christ is a joy! Sharing Christ with others is a joy! Don’t do what little you can to impress people and/or please God. Share your joy this Christmas season and throughout the year! Consider your walk with Christ, a joy! Growth is a process and growing in this joy of sharing Christ with others I have watched, has motivated me greatly.