We often think that Christianity speaks about what we do for God. That is why we keep busy looking for what we can do for Him. We occupy ourselves to work for Him and get involved with various activities that we call ‘ministry’.
A lot of people even enter a church and become a member in that church because they can minister there. “If I don’t get involved in ministry, it doesn’t seem right,” they said. And pastors can “promise” to give them ministry position to draw people into becoming his congregation.
Is all this true? Jesus said, if we want to examine something is right or wrong, we have to look at the fruit. If we look at what happens that shows the fruit of this Christianity concept, if we want to think with common sense, then we will soon find out that this concept of Christianity is wrong and does not come from God.
Then where does this Christianity concept come from? This Christianity concept is derived from religion. The problem is, most Christians assume that Christianity is a religion, that’s why we call it “Christian religion.” No wonder many Christianity concepts that we have come from the concept of religion.
So what is true Christianity? What’s the difference with religion? Religion is humans effort so that their lives are not chaotic. No wonder they keep trying to ‘do something’ for the Lord, so that their lives won’t be more chaotic.
So what is true Christianity? True Christianity is not about what we do for God, but about what God did for us, in us, and through us. If our Christianity concepts are like these, our focus is no longer on the activities and ministries ‘for the Lord’, but our focus is:
1. We’ll find out what God has done for us, and then live in it.
According to Ephesians 1:3-14, these are what the Lord Jesus Christ has done for us:
- He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places (v. 3).
- He has chosen us, so we are holy and blameless before Him (v. 4).
- He has predestinated us to be His children (v. 5).
- We have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins (v. 7).
- He made known unto us the mystery of His will (v. 9).
- He has sealed us with His Holy Spirit of promise until the redemption of the purchased possession (vv. 13-14).
Can you imagine if each one of us as a Christian living in these 6 things that the Lord has done? We will become victorious people that are unbeatable by anything!
2. We will allow His grace to work in us.
All the grace that He has done and given to us must continue to work in us so it will be even bigger and dominate us. If we continue to work that grace in us then His grace will not be in vain.
But by the grace of God I am what I am: and His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. (I Cor. 15:10).
3. God will work through us naturally.
After the Lord works within us, then God will work through us naturally. His grace that has been working in us will flow through us. At this point we will start to be used by God to channel His life to others, we become as He has planned, as He has spoken. We begin to produce fruit that glorifies the Father in Heaven.
Just remember: True Christianity is not about what we do for God, but about what God did for us, in us, and through us.
Also read: The Cain’s Mindset.