How do we live an authentic Christian life?
Not be accident, that’s for sure! It happens intentionally. It is a product of passion. Growth in Christ springs from a desire to know Him. You will acclimate yourself to your desires. So, the first question that must be answered is this:
What do you want more than anything else?
Jesus spoke extensively in Matthew chapter thirteen about the qualities that produce an authentic Christian life. Look at these amazing words:
“It has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them (those with other desires) it has not been given. For whoever has (desire and passion), to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have (desire and passion to know God), even what he has will be taken away from him. Matt. 13:11-12
Dull hearts, ears that are hard of hearing and closed eyes produce an environment in which we read God’s word but get no life from it. Your transformation must begin with passion. If you don’t have it, ask God diligently for it.
Again, what do you want more than anything else?
“He who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” verse 23
Good ground is a receptive heart – one not trampled by the desire to please the world or duped by applying the resurrection power of the Word to an uncrucified life. Nor is it a heart that allows the natural to steal the fruit of the supernatural. It is a heart that is not deceived by the lies and philosophies of a world that cannot solve its own problems. It is a heart that is open to new territory – a place of expansion in the Spirit of God.
Do you want to know Jesus? This is the first step of a life that produces authentic Christian living. If this desire is polluted, then so will be the fruit of its labor.
I’ll leave you with the words of the apostle Paul:
But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ. Philippians 3:7-8