Doing Christian things is for Jesus, I am a sinner so I sin.
In our last post on the Apostle’s Creed, All Hail the Sinner, we learned from a more practical standpoint, what Christ has done for us. Today let’s jump into what is still going on. To start our final session on the Apostle’s Creed here is the last section:
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
Here we have a sort of catch-all section. Everything they wanted to include is sort of thrown into this last section.
A New Form
There was a wife who worked very hard to stay in top physical condition. She wanted to stay in shape so she could have a good quality of life. Her husband, however, had no such ambition. Every weekend he spent most of his time in front of the television watching whatever sports show he could find.
After coming home from a morning run, to find her husband once more on the couch watching a baseball game, her blood boiled. Before she knew what she was saying she burst out, “How can you spend so much time on that couch? You need to get outside and get into shape!”. Surprised by her sudden rant, her husband looked at her with genuine confusion in his eyes and said, “Honey, I am not sure what you are talking about. I am in shape…Round is a shape”.
Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality.
1 Corinthians 15:51-53
Did you know God is going to give us a new body? That’s right. One day, when Jesus comes back we will all be given a glorious resurrected body. No more pain, no more weight or figure problems. A perfect body just for us. When you think about how we tend to treat our bodies that is a pretty spectacular gift.
And it won’t stop there. God is going to make a whole new heaven and earth as well. The one we have is pretty beautiful. So much so, that there are entire groups dedicated to preserving its natural beauty. Imagine how great a perfect one will look one day.
That’s great and all, but that doesn’t really help us in the here and now does it? It is great to look forward to it one day, but what about the car payments? Or the mortgage? What about Mondays? Some days are just hard. What is he gonna do about that?
One day, a little girl came home from school after learning about arranged marriages in history class. She was shocked that women used to be forced to marry someone they did not choose and did not really know. She went to her mom, excited to tell her what she learned. Running into the kitchen she said, “Mom! Did you know women used to be forced to marry men they didn’t even know until after their marriage?”. The mother calmly replied, “Honey, that is every marriage”.
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.
Well, He gave us an arranged marriage. Whether we like it or not, God made us apart of the church. We didn’t choose it. Some of the people in the church are pretty dysfunctional. The music can be pretty bad, and there is always that one group of people that want to ban donuts from the coffee hour in place of veggies. But they are our people, our church, and we are theirs.
He gave us this great communion so we could help one another through. They say misery loves company. Sometimes, nothing is better or more healing, than to be able to find out that Monday was hard for someone else too. Or that there are other people struggling to make things work the same way you do. It is great to know that you’re not alone.
Life is Hard, So Let Jesus Live It
This is a bit of a risk on a Christian site (but let’s live on the edge). The author of the Chinese classic Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu, once wrote this about leaders:
A leader is best when people barely know he exists, not so good when people obey and acclaim him, worse when they despise him. But of a good leader who talks little when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: We did it ourselves.
For someone who is not a Christian, this is a pretty good description of the Holy Spirit. One other thing Jesus did for us, is he gave us the Spirit to enable us to do what we need to. All those commands that we are supposed to live by in the Bible, yeah those are His responsibility.
For through the Law I died to the Law, so that I might live to God. “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
This is where Christianity gets pretty unique when compared to other religions. When God commands us to do something, He also gives us the ability to do it. This works the other way too. If God did not command us to do something, He is not going to empower us to do it. So next time someone at church tells you you’re supposed to be praying ten times a day, attending daily prayer meetings, or read three hours a day of bible stories, don’t worry about it.
The same is true for life. Ever find yourself working as hard as you know how at something you thought was your ‘calling’? Only to find out you aren’t very good at it? Sometimes God just wants you to focus on where He has put you. Do not worry about what others are doing, how successful their mission or witness is. Just put your heart and soul into what He has given you and let God take care of the rest.
Even to your old age I will be the same, And even to your graying years I will bear you! I have done it, and I will carry you; And I will bear you and I will deliver you.
Today we learned about some of the gifts God has given us to sustain us in our journey, and strengthen us into salvation. Gifts like the Church, the Holy Spirit, and the joyous future of the resurrection. But He did not stop there. He also gave us many gifts to strengthen our faith. The faith we need in those hard times of life when nothing else can satisfy our earning. So next time we will take a look at the first of those gifts.
Until then, I would love to hear more from you! Do you find yourself encouraged and growing in the knowledge of your Savior? I would love to know. Feel free to write in the comments below or send me a message via my Contact Page.
Until then, “be a sinner and sin boldly, but let your trust in Christ be stronger”. God love you and keep you. Amen.