Lost Crusader #17

You will remember last time that I said Christianity is an invitation to experimental living. One of my favorite messages from the Bible says, “O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusts in him (God).” God’s invitation is to taste the Christian life…experiment with the recipe and see for yourself. 

I know people who refuse to eat things because they have never eaten it before, or it’s a strange color or shape. They pass through life glued to a path without even sampling what grows along the way. There are also those who refuse to taste because they are told they should eat only certain things, “for better health.” Do you really want a life based on the opinions of others?

Taste for yourself, if you don’t like it…leave it be. Though some of my friends will cringe, I tell you to do the same with Christianity. It’s not for everyone…in fact, Christ says it’s not for most people. But, you will never know until, with an open mind, you taste it and see what happens. 

If you’re one who needs a review, Christianity is a five-star life. By that I mean it is a life worth living and pursuing to the fullest, not a life free from care, trials, and disappointments. It is a life where miracles happen and you are put to the test quite regularly.

Christianity is an experiment throughout. It is the greatest on-the-job training program ever devised. Some who profess Christianity never get beyond words on a page…chefs who read the cookbook, but never set foot in the kitchen. However, given the chance, God will show you how to make something sweet of your life. 

Because Christianity is an experiment, there are phases in which you are going to fail…badly. It’s not okay, but it is also not the end of the experiment. God doesn’t give up that easily and you are not expected to either. Christianity is a chosen life and that life is everlasting…you have time to do it right next time, or the time after that, or the time after that, you only fail completely when you quit.

There is still that behavior/ought to gap in which the good I want to do somehow ends up turning into the wrong I am trying to overcome. Christians are not perfect people…yet. That gap is still there. The difference is that Christians are given the tools to discover that God has already built a bridge over it. Moreover, God sees them making it across.

God is not subject to a linear timeline as we are. God can see all moments at once. God already sees the end. He sees your success as well as the struggle to get there. It is your success God and every angel in heaven is celebrating…that’s where the experiment is taking you.

I didn’t talk about failure or struggle to scare anyone away. I said it to let you know what you are in for if you become a Christian. God will supply the strength, and ability to succeed, you must supply the effort. Hockey great Wayne Gretzky once said that you miss 100% of the shots you never take. You have to give each tiny step of a Christian walk a shot. Repent of a failure a hundred times today, but be resolved you will do the same tomorrow if that’s what will take you on to final success. The Christian virtues are not automatically conferred when you begin a relationship with God. You will work on them every day of this earthly existence with an eye on eternal achievement.

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