If You Build it, They will Come

Perhaps you remember that quote from “Field of Dreams.”  But, I’m not talking about a baseball field.  I’m talking about a Christian life.

The Bible talks about building our life on Christ here:

1 Corinthians 3:14 NKJV 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it (the foundation of Christ) endures, he will receive a reward.

We are to build our life in/on Christ here:

Ephesians 2:22 NKJV 22 in whom (Christ) you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

Christians are to walk in and be built up in Christ here:

Colossians 2:6-7 NKJV 6 As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.

When others see me they are supposed to see Jesus.  My life is to be Christ’s life.  Jesus was the perfect embodiment of God’s commands in the Old Testament.  He kept not only the letter of the Torah, but the spirit of it as well.  He particularly exemplified this proverb:

Proverbs 3:3 NKJV 3 Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart,

Jesus also understood that proper obedience required a proper attitude as taught here:

Joel 2:13 NKJV 13 So rend your heart, and not your garments….

I must take my Christianity seriously.  Repentance and contrition must be a way of life.  Mercy and truth must be present without and within.  The words of Jesus will be my constant meditation.  I will comprehend and believe these words of Christ:

John 6:63 NKJV 63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.

Jesus’ words are my life.  I will start with the Beatitudes and move forward from there.  In case I have forgotten, they include dependence, repentance, humility, desire, mercy, purity, and peacefulness.  If others don’t see these in me, they don’t see Christ in me – and they will look elsewhere.

What we need in the church of Christ is to present to the world a people of unity and compassion.  Arguments cease when egos are laid aside.  Remember the word h-u-m-i-l-i-t-y.  Arguments cease when we accept as our pattern what we know is right.  Arguments cease when we don’t have time for them because we are too busy weeping/repenting, meditating/praying, and loving/serving.

I really believe that if the world saw the church doing what I just said, people would start walking up and asking to be baptized.  They would want to have what they saw in us – and that would be Christ.  Our neighbors would show up at our services and become converted through the power of the word as they saw it lived out in our lives in addition to being taught in our pulpits.  We would have little need to emphasize argument if we properly emphasized life.

The root problem of a poorly lived Christian life is faith.  A faith problem causes a love problem which causes a life problem.  God’s holy word is the seed of faith.  The word grows faith, faith grows love, and love grows a Christian.

Christians attract people.  Christians make good friends and neighbors.  Most people I know like to be around good people.  If we truly build good personal Christian lives others will indeed come.

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