“Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.”
At this time of year the meaning of Christmas and Christianity can be easily missed! With so much happening and the strongest associations of Christmas being gift shopping and a guy in a weird red outfit who spends the year no doubt eating his feelings; it can be easy to find ourselves off-course when it comes to the true meaning of it all!
The wise men, the shepherds and even Herod, for the wrong reasons, were all preoccupied with locating Jesus and I believe this is the greatest priority we could ever have at this time but at any and every time of the year.
What I’ve discovered to be a great key to living and discovering our lives in Christ is that output improvement or behaviour modification are never the point nor the goal.
The bible never prescribes dysfunction as a source of disqualification when it comes to our walk with God. To say the characters of the bible were without dysfunction is a misguided view of who made it into the GREAT BOOK!
Just to mention a few; Peter – denied Christ 3 times as prophesied by Jesus himself; King David – had an affair and murdered an innocent man in the process; Jacob – deceived Isaac into giving him Esau’s blessing and had an extremely dysfunctional marital and family life! SO… dysfunction does not disqualify; this is not to justify a stagnant Christianity where there is never any lifestyle change or progress but more so to point out that connection is the pertinent aspect of the Christian life! Forgiveness and healing is found through repentance and confession which are adopted by the humble heart. A heart submitted to Christ who puts Him and His will as first priority.
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
The greatest danger more so than to be dysfunctional is to be living for God with no connection to Him! My greatest fear is to be living in the name of Jesus and even working the miracles and power that flows from Christ but living a life without a personal connection or submission to Him!
Connection to Him and a life walked in communion with the Holy Spirit is the focal point of the Christian life! The DOING part of CHRISTIANITY is designed to be the OUTPUT of a life that has discovered the vitality and empowerment of living every day with INPUT from the source and creator of Life itself – JESUS.
I will leave you with a classic piece of scripture and a passage Ps Phil often reminds us of to re-centre us on what really matters;
“ I am the vine (Jesus); you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”
Ps Alex Lee is a passionate and confident communicator who is dedicated to seeing young people following Christ. Alex, along with his wife Jessen, are the Youth and Young Adult Pastors at C3 Sydney. Alex brings an insightful message, which is fun, quirky and engaging for all people of all ages. Alex reveals his heart for God in every message with passion and charisma. You are sure to be challenged by his uncompromising faith and solid teachings.