Christianity Is: Exposing Himself

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Did that title catch your eye? I find it interesting that some words and phrases have come to have such a default risque association. The use of double entendres is truly an art. Just consider the vanilla definition of “expose” (it comes from Latin expositus ‘to put or set out’) and the difference when a pronoun is added.

It occurred to me, though, that what we Christians are called to do is exactly that: to expose Christ Himself to others. To “introduce someone to” Christ and the Good News, and to do this – not in a preachy, “thou shalt” way, but by quietly, simply living His example fully in our own lives, that it may be seen in us first. Then, when asked, we are enabled to explain:

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord.
Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.
1 Peter 3:15 NIV

And what is this “Good News”? To begin with, ‘good’ is hardly descriptive enough. This is gggrrreeeaaattt! Amazing! Miraculous! It is the answer to every problem! It’s simple secret is in its ability to make everything right– not because it changes anything outside us, but it transforms the very heart of us. It’s a divine attitude adjustment, altering how we view ourselves for ever after – because we finally understand that we are made right.

imageHow does this happen? As I’ve expressed before, the fundamental question that we each must answer for ourselves is whether or not there is a creating ‘force’ or ‘being’ with a ‘personality’ and/or purpose for the creation. You either believe there is or not. The decision is based on the physical evidence of the world around us – and, if we will “admit” to “seeing” them – the meta-physical realities, as well. Call it what you like: spiritual, mystical, coincidental, miraculous – there is an element to this universe that has no ‘rational’ explanations, but our minds demand one.

What I believe – and believing is knowing what I can not prove – is in God as told of in The Bible. He created. Man, despite being made in His image, chose and fell. But God knew this would happen, and had already built into creation the resolution: Salvation which both restores Man to relation with Maker, and fulfills all need for justice.

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16

A response of “yes” to God – His existence, purpose, and nature – satisfactorily explains everything. Without divine intent, the question of “why” can never cease to be asked.

forgivenessConsider what this perspective gives me: By my faith in God I believe – I know – I have been granted many things by God, including the ability to accept what is. It’s really that straightforward. The past is past, over and done with, no regrets, no changes. The future, while clouded in mystery, is going to be good, whether just figuratively (because of my outlook) or literally (because any stormy season will pass). I have just this moment to live in, and I do have a purpose – something meaningful and good to do. Something greater than myself.

I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me – testifying to the Good News of God’s Grace.
Acts 20:24

“God, grant me the serenity.” Peace. It’s just one of the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). Together, they are the exhibition (oops, another racy word) of God indwelling me. For you to observe. Hopefully, for you to wonder at, and derive some hope of your own.

For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you.
That is, that we may be mutually encouraged by eat other’s faith, both yours and mine.
Romans 1:11-12

 

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