The offense of the GOSPEL!
Galatians 2:20 says, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. and the life i now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Some Christian theology today promotes the idea that our joy is to be found in someone or something other than Jesus Christ. This poor theology is evidenced when we hear a gospel of fulfillment being preached that says Jesus Christ exists to give you success and glory and fame and power. The logic continues that if Jesus doesn’t do this then you either don’t have enough faith, something sinful is going on in your life or people walk away from faith because something is wrong with Jesus and Christianity doesn’t work (as if Christianity was another formula for success…)This is all based upon Maslow’s hierarchy of needs (Self-actualization) more than the gospel found in the Bible. Some Christians are so miserable in their lives because their joy is rooted in their glory, power, fame, wealth and success rather than being rooted in their willingness to be like Jesus no matter what the circumstances look like and in what Jesus has done for them on the cross.
The gospel is offensive to many people because Jesus calls us to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow him. It calls for a death to our flesh nature and a coming alive to the new creation, Christ-like nature through the work of the Holy Spirit in regeneration and continual sanctification. God does not get most glory if your successful, wealthy and influential. Christ gets the most glory when everything in your circumstances doesn’t add up and you have every reason to complain and throw in the towel and yet you still live for Jesus and you still give glory to Jesus for who he is and what he has done for you on the cross. Christianity isn’t a gospel of fulfillment but a gospel of freedom from sin through Jesus Christ.
We exist to give God all the glory and honour at all times and all places regardless of how this looks to others. Everything else is vanity. You were made to reflect God to the earth not God to reflect you to the earth. The question isn’t how can I live a life that glorifies me but how can I live a life that mirrors and glorifies Christ? You died when you were crucified with Christ and now you have taken on the new creation nature (2 Cor 5:17) of Christ.
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