What Does It Mean To “Live Out Your Christianity”?
I am often asked what it means to live out our Christian lives, and discover that most people don’t know what it really means. The typical response from most Christians would be to serve God and avoid sin, but follow me before you come to that conclusion.
While avoiding sin and having good outwardly works are almost always a wonderful side-effect of being a new creation, I honestly don’t think that’s what it fully means to really live out our new identity.
The Pharisees and the Sadducee’s were really good at avoiding external sin and doing all kinds of serving and outward religious stuff. But they weren’t living out a Christian life, were they? In fact they were the exact opposite. They were called whitewashed tombs (Matthew 23:27). They looked clean on the outside but inside they were dead.
Heck, I know plenty of atheists who outwardly are nice and honestly don’t commit that many sins. At least no more than a typical Christian.
So if the Pharisees and atheists are outwardly good and aren’t outwardly sinning any more than us, that can’t possibly be what it means to live out the Christian life.
So how do we live the Christian life and our new identity? I believe it’s with a bold acknowledgment that Jesus’s blood is what made us right with God. That Jesus is the only thing that paid for our sins. That nothing we outwardly do, or don’t do makes us right with God.
Living out our Christianity is a total acknowledgment of who Jesus is for us. It’s surrendering our rights to somehow earn salvation or righteousness through our own effort. It’s totally trusting in Christ as our everything.
You won’t find a single atheist or Pharisee that ever did that.
Take away: Even those that reject Jesus can look clean on the outside (white washed tombs), but it’s what’s on the inside that matters. If you want to live out your identity, acknowledge that Jesus made you right with God…..not your behavior.
Author: Mike Cynar
Mike Cynar grew up in church and observed that countless people would go to church and then just stop. The church always referred to them as ‘fake Christians’ or ‘backsliders’ but Mike discovered the problem was deeper. The problem was the church message. The message was 90% behavior improvement and how bad you are, with a pinch of who you are in Christ, It was like every sermon was being preached to the church of Corinth. It’s in the Baptist church, Catholic, Pentecost, and most every other church. After discovering the true gospel message and how we are made right with God because of what ‘Jesus did’ (not what ‘we do’) Mike set out to free believers from behavior improvement programs and bring them back to Jesus. The Result – Jesus Without Religion was launched.