Fresh or Stale?
In my first post, I talked about the difference between seeing our Christian walk with a fresh attitude, versus a stale attitude. Am I seeing the Bible as something new and amazing? Or has it become commonplace?
Recently I was in a discussion where we were talking about the first century Christians, and suddenly I was struck with the thought that these Christians – the first ones to become saved during Christ’s life and immediately after the cross – were coming to salvation based solely on the person of Jesus Christ alone. There were no trappings of Christianity, no set of rules or expectations or years of tradition. These new believers were solely focused on Christ, everything in this new walk was brand new and exciting and never been done before. And it was all about their relationship with Jesus Christ, because the rest of what we think of as “New Testament Christianity” did not exist yet.
So now, fast forward two thousand years, and we do have all those trappings. How easy it is to get sidetracked and forget that our Christian life should be all about that relationship with Christ.
Today we have to purposely remember to lay aside those extras each day for some time of wonder. Look inside, and figure out the answer to some questions. Why do I often take God for granted, or see the basics of the Christian walk as boring? What keeps me fresh in my Christian life?
Stay Fresh By Seeing Christian Life Through The Eyes Of A New Disciple
The first point I want to talk about is the need for each of us to see what we learn in the Bible through the eyes of new Christians. We aren’t going to be able to do this unless we’re out there meeting new church members, and telling people about the gospel.
Without meeting new people, and leading someone to Christ, we aren’t going to know anyone who is new in their Christian faith.
I think this is part of how we all need each other. The mature Christian still needs those young, newly saved Christians. I need their enthusiasm to remind me to be enthusiastic. I need their awe and wonder at the miracles of God to remind me that the miracles of God are worthy of awe and wonder all the time. I need to see the light of understanding dawn upon someone when they read John 3:16 and realize for the first time that this means God loves them. I need that so I’m reminded that God loves me too.
It’s so important to keep a love of God’s Word in our hearts, and a new Christian can remind us of that first love. Sort of like watching a wedding – suddenly you see the love that this couple has for each other, and you’re reminded of that newness you had in your own marriage relationship.
This step requires us to take action, to reach out to others and get outside our comfort zone. I think when we’re too comfortable inside our own bubble, we lose so many important things that are necessary to keep us balanced.
This is hard for me – I like my bubble. I prefer to stay inside it, with my cup of coffee and a good book, and just let the world go by. I don’t want to meet new people all the time. So this is something I have to force myself to do.
Ultimately, when I do go beyond myself though, I find I’m enriched by it, and the people I meet are worth knowing, worth reaching outside my bubble to be around.
How Do You Keep Your Christian Life Fresh?
Next time, I’ll be exploring thoughts about how I view myself in the right perspective so I can keep that wonder towards God alive in my heart.
We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments. How do you keep your Christian life fresh?