Monday, July 12, 2010

A Different Life

A friend asked via Facebook, “If you didn’t know Christ would your life be any different?

My initial reaction was, “Well, of course!” But then I thought about it some more. I’m a good person and was always a good person (as the world understands a good person). When I became a Christian I didn’t experience any major change in my life. So maybe, my life would be the same.

The possibility that this might be true shocked me. I still make foolish mistakes. I still think in selfish terms far too often. I still sin. I am no better than anyone else on this earth.

Then I thought about it some more. I may not have gone through a lot of outward changes, it may have only been an inward transformation to start with, but it impacted my life in a way that made all the difference.

God changed the way I think: I try to relate everything back to Him. He changed the way I respond to the world: I have to daily remind myself that I no longer belong to the world. And through those changes he impacted other people’s lives.

The difference lies in the choices we make, in our actions and inactions, and, most importantly, in the strength to speak out for Christ. This is how our lives are made different. This is how we are truly set apart.

We can all live “good” lives, but Christ changes us so that we want to shout out His name to any, and all, who want to hear. God’s love burns within us like a furnace and demands we share this warmth, this life, with others. How can we not share the Good News about our Lord?

He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.” Mark 16:15 (NIV)

How different would your life be if you didn’t know Christ?

14 comments:

Faith Imagined said...

Great insights! I enjoyed reading your thought process while you analyzed your friend's question. I will be chewing on this questions all day! Thank you!

Stuff could always be worse said...

Yes, love your thoughts, this is a great question. I do know it would be empty without Christ.
kim

Karen said...

Amen! I love how you answered...

Without Christ, my life would be void of true joy...and peace...and unconditional love...AND purpose!

Deborah Ann said...

Without Jesus, I would probably be dead. I had no will to live until He showed me what real life was.

Sandy said...

Love your post. I doubt seriously
if I would be alive today if it
were not for the love and mercy
of Jesus Christ. He is my life.
I am eternally grateful to Him.
Blessings,
Sandy

Lynda Young said...

My heart sings to read all your comments. Christ really does make a difference. To think HOW He makes that difference is just as important as the difference itself.

Just Be Real said...

I think we all share the common ground, if it were not for our faith in Christ we would be dead. Blessings.

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

i hate to even imagine what my life would be without the intervention of Christ in it. He is the reason I am where I am and I am who I am. Praise God for His tender mercy and grace!

God's girl said...

I am so grateful for the way He changes us. So many times, I try to change something about myself, and often fail. How sweet is it when Jesus reaches down and touches the most inward parts of us, transforming our very being! Beautiful post!

Blessings, Heaven

Lynda Young said...

That's so true, we try to change things about ourselves but so often fail. It's Jesus who has the power to change us.

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Prayer Girl said...

I have experienced first hand the love and healing power of Jesus Christ.

It has changed me. It has changed the way I experience myself, my world and everything that happens. The changes have been so fundamental that nothing but Jesus can explain them.

PG

Lynda Young said...

That's a truly awesome and blessed thing to be able to say...and the wonderful thing is that it this change is available to everyone.

Rita said...

I don't even want to think of what my life would be like without Christ. I know that He is what has to be the most important thing in our lives, if we please Him. I am a good person alone, but with Him I am a saved person.