Being a Christian is about knowing that, as a result of sin, we do not live the life God intended us to live. It is about an ever deepening understanding of our sinful nature, how it negatively impacts not only our relationship with God, but also our ability to live a full life. It is about an on-going conversion experience where we work with God to shed our old selves and to become new in Christ. It is about realizing that God created us to live a life of trusting in Him; of walking in his Spirit. It is about us cooperating with the Holy Spirit within us for the conversion of souls and the good of all mankind. It is about loving God and neighbor, and more importantly, letting God love others through our cooperation with the Spirit.
It is about realizing we are all like the Apostles before Pentecost – not fully understanding the Gospel message, but slowly letting it sink in as our sinful nature is shed a little at a time because this is what allows us to be more open to God’s truth.
It is about helping others, even if it means forgoing the fancy car, the new outfit, and/or the cup of Starbucks. It is about remaining charitable, even if people take advantage of our generosity.
It is about being unconditionally loved by a God who accepts us where we are, and longs for us to go ever deeper in communion with him. Most importantly, it is about living in the joy of being in union with the God of the universe.
I pray we all find ways to continuously go deeper in our faith walk, and to learn to be generous and loving despite all circumstances. I pray that each one of us experiences the love of God each and every day, and that these experiences show us how to live more and more like Christ.