Sunday, September 4, 2016

Profoundly Christian

The greatest power on earth, a parent's love for their child, a warrior's love
 for his brother, or the love of one for another in time of need ...
 'Love' has perhaps been devalued over the years by
those who claim that heart but live without a
 changed life.  It should make a difference,
should it not?  To love as it was first
intended is a life changer
and costly.

... so loved the world ...  not the denomination,
not the race, not the country or culture,
 but all of humanity, apparently.
Should we also?
The name 'Christian' has perhaps been devalued over the years by those who claim the credential but live on unchanged.  It should make a difference, should it not?

The one who is profoundly Christian will be unlike others. The one who is profoundly Christian will be ... the message, the light that shines. And changed.

The one who is profoundly Christian will love extravagantly, even at great personal cost.

The one who is profoundly Christian will live for a purpose, and a great one at that.  To serve as the turning point for another's life, to be help in a time of need, could there be a greater goal?  That which is right and just and good, the power of mercy and grace, that's what flows in their veins.

Wealth and privilege don't matter; class and position are valueless.  Religiosity is perhaps unhelpful; as are legalism, superstition, and wishful thinking.  At the other extreme, faith and hope, justice and mercy, these are life changers, even world changers, and are the very stones upon which eternity is built.

Knowing the Author of it all, to perhaps catch a glimpse of His greater reality is worth all our labor and every step in our journey. Knowing Him is our strength.  Of such is the substance of profound Christianity.  That is the goal and worth the fight.


Create in me a clean heart, oh God, and renew a right spirit within me.