There is a shift in how this culture sees community. It is not as deep. It is not as frequent. But we still need that community. The Church should be meeting this role. Pursue community in Christ.
We should be motivated for the lost and motivated by our new life. We should be motivated to be Jesus ambassador.
We are an intersection between the physical and spiritual world. Even though our bodies are temporary tents, we are being renewed day by day preparing us to take possession of a greater dwelling in heaven. So while on earth we are called to serve Jesus to the best of our ability.
Through the great story line of the universe (creation-fall-redemption-restoration) Jesus completes us and we are the continuation of the story.
Though this world is broken we can be reconciled with God. In that reconciliation we are being transformed and restored. In the same restoration we will be fully restored to a glorified state when Jesus the perfect king and judge returns. We are not home yet.
Why isn’t the world the way it should be? Well, the answer is sin. It all began at the fall. This event from Genesis has an impact to this day, globally, relationally and personally. Until sin is bitter Christ will not be sweat.
Jesus asks, to what benefit is gaining the world? We must understand that Christianity is not a warm blanket, it is the Cross. Deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me, Jesus said. It is the only repair for our broken happiness-detector. Choose Jesus and be transformed.
Who do you think Jesus is? That is a question with an enormous impact. He is Lord and Savior.
Our identity should begin with being a Christian. We are chosen and our faith is the structure that we see the entire cosmos through. The outcome of our faith is the salvation of our soul.
God has offered us extraordinary gifts, everyday and for eternity, but we need to be willing to receive them with gratitude and generosity.