Christianity is not a religion. Christianity is “Christ in us,” because Jesus Christ comes into us and dwells in us when we accept Him into our lives. And by Christianity, I mean, establishing a relationship with, and having fellowship with Jesus Christ — that is, in case Christianity means other things to other people.
Jesus Christ did not call His followers Christians nor did His apostles and disciples call themselves that. But in the world today, we are known as Christians and we are proud to be; and our faith in Christ is known as Christianity, because we believe in Jesus Christ. And by coming to Jesus Christ, we receive life. He said to the Pharisees, “You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” (John 5:39-40).
Christianity is LIFE, because Jesus Christ is Life and comes to live in us when we accept Him as our Lord and Savior. And He told us in the Bible “I come that you may have life, and have it more abundantly.”
So when you come to Christ, you’ve come to LIFE. And you’ll have life more abundantly. How then did we get from life to religion? Just like the Israelites before us, we took the perfect gift of God and turned it into man-made activities, designed more to gain glory for ourselves than to give glory to God. No wonder the world is getting darker and darker. Religion is not about God. Religion is an attempt to imitate God. But nobody should imitate God for God detests such behavior.
In the Book of Isaiah He says, “I am the first and I am the Last; apart from me there is no God. Who then is like me? …” (Isaiah 44:6-7). And He had decreed ruin for entities that are set up to imitate Him, and for those who mislead innocent people through their deceptive practices. God put us in this world to reign, but the only way to reign is by serving Him. That is why King Solomon said:
“Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.” “Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” (Ecclesiastes 12:12-13). I have finally embraced that truth and the result is abundant life.
Learning gives you knowledge. God gives you wisdom. When both are combined the way they should, you gain understanding. With much knowledge and no wisdom, you are dangerous even to yourself. With wisdom and no knowledge, you are ignorant, but the advantage is that your wisdom tells you when you must get knowledge and helps you to get it. Knowledge by itself can never lead you to wisdom, because wisdom only comes from God and is given only to the humble at heart.
From now on, I am staying right here with our Lord Jesus Christ. If he stirs me left, I will go left. If he stirs me right, I will go right. He has finally shown me who I am supposed to be, and I am thankful to Him for that. My goal is to help anyone who is interested in finding joy in life to find it, as I have found it, by sharing the message of the gospel with them the way it was given to me by our Lord Jesus Christ. Giving the message to others so they can share in the joy of Jesus Christ is a responsibility that all believers have. Here is what the Bible says: “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” (Romans 10:14).
“And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’ But not all of the Israelites accepted the good news. For Isaiah says, ‘Lord, who has believed our message?'”(Romans 10:15-16).
“Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17). Christ’s goal is to build both the Jews and the Gentiles into one new man, built up together to become a holy temple to the Lord. If you have not reached out to the Jews, you have grounds to cover; and if you have not reached out to the Gentiles, you are trailing on the great commission and need to get started for the end is near.