We agree that Jesus’ life had God as his focus. But can believers now imitate his example? Wouldn’t being that “religious” make us sober as Cato and gloomy as Hamlet?
Well…the best answer is Jesus himself. He perfectly served God, thought about God, taught about God. Did he ever have trouble drawing a crowd?
When people flocked to him like migrating birds to feeding grounds, was it because he was SOBER, or JOYFUL; GLOOMY, or HOPEFUL, NEGATIVE or POSITIVE? We’ve heard of people about whom we want to know MORE. Jesus was the one person in history about whom we want to Know everything—everything, as Paul wrote in Philippians 3:7-11.
How silly then to refuse Christ because he is too “other-worldly”; how useless to opt for someone more concerned about life here and now. Biblical Christianity proves that, to be useful here, religion must begin with the True and Only God. Any other effort, however sincere, becomes an enemy of the very people it was created to help. Starting with God, however, it alleviates misery, reduces sorrow, meets needs, eliminates guilt. It builds homes for orphaned, abused children, or for aged, infirm adults. And rehabilitation centers that recreate lives broken by alcohol or drugs. Families find unity and enemies love, and everyone forgiveness, from which other secondary results accrue.
Remember: Christianity isn’t about a few special people who climb social, economic, or spiritual heights, but of the many common people who study, fathom and express God’s Glory. If we let God love us through Christ, we’ll always say, “I know this: I never lived until I met Jesus. And I know this: I’ll never stop living because I did.” – Fini –
Books at: www.createspace.com. (Go to search, dropdown to store, Virg Hurley.)
Apologetics book: Their Own Best Defense, Volume 2, Part 1
Books also at www.amazon.com (Virgil Hurley & Virg Hurley)
The Parables of Jesus at www.createspace.com/7164741
Gift of the GIVER:Gifts for the GIVER, Vol. 2 at www.createspace.com/7551153
Their Own Best Defense, Vol. 2, Part 2 at www.createspace.com/7446349