I met with a few friends this evening, to enjoy each other's company and Jesus showed up.
One friend was sharing about the life of Paul and how he concluded it…
I was impressed with how wrong we can be in our thinking about living a life for Christ. Take Paul's life as an example. He certainly used it as an example and others wrote about the incredible adventures he experienced as a believer, sold out for the love of Christ.
As he wrapped up his life and looked toward running the last lap, he summed up his life as insignificant compared to the love of Christ. I think he passionately wanted us to understand, he didn't do what he did to gain the love of Christ or to be labeled a Christian. He simply loved Christ with all his heart and what he did was a natural result. It was Christ's love for him and his reciprocated love of Christ, that his life produced fruits of the Spirit.
Let me try this one more time. As Christ centered believer, it is not what you do that creates a deeper love for Christ or makes you a better Christian. It is Christ's love for you and your reciprocated love of Christ that produces what you do. The thought is so important and so not understood in today's religions.
More simply put, my friend Luis Rey would say, "There is nothing you can do that will cause Christ to love you any more or any less."
Be real. Be Christ!
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