Friday, March 14, 2014

The Way Americans Live (Not According To Christianity)

Live. Laugh. Love.


Just do it. 

Eat, drink, and be merry.

Live life to the fullest.

It's the American way.

Individualism, sex, alcohol, winning/succeeding, getting rich, being beautiful, having fun, and getting what we want -- that's the true story of where our culture thrives. The American Dream is the essence of the American culture. 

Yet, even as Christians, many of us get sucked in to the diluted flow of our culture that tells us what to wear, what to look like, what to drink, what to do, what to think, what to believe... 

Many of us wake up each morning and live life as if it'll be forever (as if we are invulnerable to death), and as if Jesus will not be returning in our lifetime. 

But the scary reality is this: we haven't the slightest clue of when that day will be. For all we know, it could be tomorrow...

Think about it:

If we knew when our time would come (the day we die): 
  • How would we choose to spend our time? 
  • What would we start doing? 
  • What would we do differently or quit doing? 
If we knew when Jesus would be returning:
  • How would we live our lives differently? 
  • What would our time with getting to know the Lord look like? 
  • Would we start being serious about growing in our relationship with God? 
  • Would we start trying to live a life that glorifies God? 
  • Would we start professing our faith to lost friends, family members, co-workers, neighbors?
  • Would we continue to pursue temporary, worldly things?

All of these are important questions to ask. These aren't theoretical... they're a reality. Because the reality is that we don't know what our future holds. We don't know when we will die. We don't know when Jesus will return. 

And that's scary. 

Why? Because as temporary as our time here on earth is (even if we live to be 100), it is also the most important: it DETERMINES where we will spend the rest of eternity. And that's a lot of pressure. 

But that pressure should spark a lightbulb for many of us, or snap us back into reality -- the reality of the unknown future, the reality of an unpredictable Judgement Day, and the reality that our time here on earth is meant for one purpose: not to "live life to the fullest" in our own selfish/worldly ways, but to "life life to the fullest" according to God's purpose and plan. Because life can only be experienced to the fullest through an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.

John 10:10 "The thief comes only to steal, destroy and kill. [Jesus] came that they may have life and have it abundantly."

Don't waste your life. 

If you gotta start somewhere, why not here
If you gotta start sometime, why not now?