I was at a conference in Abilene, TX when I heard James Bryan Smith say that we live in the Unshakeable Kingdom of God. The Kingdom is never in trouble." I just can't let that thought go. This Sunday I will speak to the senior class 2012 of the Highland Church of Christ Youth Ministry (3D Ministry). I will read Psalm 145:13"Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does."Then I will charge them to live a life that when it has ended, people will be able to say that they lived a life in which they never lost confidence in their God and always leaned on the Kingdom.We live in a time of great uncertainty and insecurity. We know more about the world and its atrocities than ever before. We can no longer be the Ostrich with our heads in the sand. And while that can be very scary and disorienting, it can also be revitalizing as we assure ourselves that faith is the conviction of unseen things and God's promises are always YES! We do not travel our life's journey in great wonderment or uncertain mystery. We travel knowing that God is who he says he is and does what he says he will do. Just like the taking of Jericho we march His path with great confidence that God has already overcome! While there is mystery and wonder left in the kingdom for imaginative, awestruck, spiritual lovers we don't walk a path for what might be or what never could be, but what already was, is, and is to come. We live in the unshakeable Kingdom of God and God's kingdom is never in trouble.
Is it really that hard to be a Christian? Yes and no. We think the world wants us to be perfect. I'm not sure Jesus even wants that! We think Jesus is always wanting us to be more than we already are. So we find ourselves caught in this world where we can never match up; never attain the goal.
We simply are living in a state of always striving and rarely living life at a thriving state. We begin each day with a whirlwind of expectations and spiritual exercises that is meant to project us into a satisfied life of finally living the fullest "Christian" life.
How unfortunate for us that we would put so much on ourselves. In fact, when we do we become the fake, hypocritical Christian that atheists love to bash and other Christians find at best; annoying.
That's the hard part. So how is being a Christian easy?
Christians need to live genuine, authentic, intentional lives. We become honest about what we wish to be. We are honest about our flaws and shortcomings. We make intentional moves to follow Christ without trying to be a Christ.
When I find someone is genuine, I am more likely to accept them and enjoy them as a person. Wouldn't it be easier to be a genuine person who believes in Christ and pursues a relationship with him than to ACT like what a "Christian" is suppose to act like?
The answer is YES!
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