Do you live in color?
Or is your existence—especially your spiritual life—boring and dull? Many of us live out Christianity depicting an uninteresting, antiquated, mean, and ineffective God. Our idea of salvation lulls one to sleep because it has lost its appeal and charm. If no one can tell the difference between a believer and unbeliever, it begs the question, “What are we doing wrong?” Is not our God breathtaking, awe-inspiring, multi-dimensional, and full of surprises?
I still recall when some of the most popular t.v. shows, including Hogan Heroes, Andy Griffith, and Leave it to Beaver, were in black & white. Our t.v. did not have a remote, and it always was a battle to see who’s turn it was to get up off the couch and turn the channel. There was this large turn dial protruded from the front of the t.v. And although the t.v. worked fine and provided hours of mindless entertainment, technology definitely has improved over the ages. I love watching my favorite t.v. shows in color!
We can choose to live out our Christianity in black & white…going through the motions, dusting off a seat, nothing more than mundane. Out of tradition, we may even go week after week. Saying our prayers. Singing some songs. But, if we are honest with ourselves, we are simply going through the motions. God seems far off and removed from our daily lives. Why, we barely mention His name Monday through Saturday.
What if we started off 2015 looking at God differently? What if we believed that God is alive, active and desiring a personal relationship with us? How would our lives change?
Although the church has been around over 2,000 years, God has not grown old and weary. The Gospel is not dead. Jesus is risen. If we read Scripture, we will see that it still applies to us today.
2 Timothy 3:16, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,”
Notice the verb tense–it is not past tense. It says all Scripture “is.” God did not breath out Scripture long, long ago and then it became inactive. Also notice the verse doesn’t use the future tense. It doesn’t say God will one day, in the future, breath out Scripture which is profitable. No…it says ALL SCRIPTURE IS BREATHED OUT BY GOD. In other words, it is happening right now. Today. Right where you are.
God wants to reveal Himself to you in 2015. It is through God that we live, and move and have our being (Acts 17:28). God is our help (Psalm 54:4). God sustains us and cares about our troubles (Psalm 55:22). God is always present (Psalm 46:1). And God wants to reveal His creative, soul-enriching, life-breathing self to you. Take a chance and live out the gospel afresh and anew. Come experience a colorful, express full, vibrant God! We can never fully experience God until we live the Gospel.