The Christian life is simple. It’s not easy, but it’s simple. All we have to do is be like Jesus. Right?
1 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:1-2
The Gospel can be boiled down to three essential components. The Way, the Truth, and the Life. Jesus said that He is the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6). It could be said this way:
In the book, “A Grand Illusion,” by David Young, he said, “While the gospel absolutely includes social concerns such as justice and mercy in this life, at its heart the gospel is about Christ’s atoning sacrifice, His coronation as king, and His future return to establish a new heaven and earth.” We can easily say,
Christ’s atoning sacrifice is the Way; it is through Christ and Christ alone that we come to the Father.
Christ’s coronation as king is the Truth; He really is God the Son–always has been and always will be.
Christ’s future return is the Life; Christ’s life in us IS eternal life.
How do we get that life? By turning over control of our lives to Jesus Christ. The benefits of following Christ are daily and lifelong. As we grow in our knowledge of Him, we find that being like Him is the best thing for us–and everyone! Each day, let’s pray this prayer:
Jesus, today I give all I know of me to all I know of You. Amen.
Abba, that is certainly my prayer each morning. I ask that You search my heart and reveal anything that needs fixing today. I want Your life that is in me to shine on the outside, Lord. Amen.