Friday, April 22, 2016

The Way, The Truth, And The Life

If you think about "church people," you can think of several kinds you don't like. Nobody wants to be that kind of Christian: the judgy one, the flaky one, whatever. We also have cottage industries of people trying to be the "cool" Christian, or the "relevant" church. Guess what, kids? You're just somebody else's version of church people.

He enters in. "I am the way, the truth, and the life, and no one comes to the Father except through me."

We've got to reckon with this. You have no reason to go to church unless you believe this, unless you realize that this fact impacts the way you live, or the way you will live.

Who is Jesus Christ? This is the most important question you will ever ask. If you want to explore that question, then you have a reason to be a church person. It doesn't matter where on the journey you are. If you're exploring, just starting out, or you've been exploring the mystery your whole life, come with us!

Someone said to me the other day, "Thanks, but I should clean myself up before I come to God." You can't. We come to God, and He cleans us up. You might say that meeting God in Jesus Christ means that we ought to live differently, and that is true. But here's what we need to understand: The love of God, the grace of God, gives us the power to leave behind all the ways of our old self. It may be a long road, but we'll make it, if we don't give up on ourselves, and each other.

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