posted by Jonathan @ 9:38am, Monday 24 July 2017.
We live in a sin-cursed world where [we are warned that] opposition and even persecution are sometimes part of the Christian life. We see it everyday in the news, workplace, school, and even in discussions with our families—Christians are on the outside looking in on the culture. Moreover, the culture continues to try to force us into thinking anti-God or at least without God in our thoughts. What does this all mean for us, as Christians? Do we surrender? Or much worse, capitulate?
Philippians 1:27 (NLT) — Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ.
We are charged, above all, to accurately represent the way of Jesus: something has happened inside you that only “the gospel of Christ” can explain—it transforms! In fact, fundamentally it transforms our citizenship and perspective. It transforms our identity.
So what is our identity? Who are we as Christians, and who are we as a church body? The Church is the body of Christ. Our identity as believers comes by being in and with Christ. Since Jesus is supreme he must be the center of our identity, activity, and future hope, which then compels us to stand strong and share Christ with the whole world.
The Apostle Paul explains that this stand for truth does not take place all on are own. The Christian life is a community project. The NT instructs the church to fight together with one overarching desire—act as a single body, concerned with helping your brother make it safely home.
"Thus, our mission as local churches is rooted in our identity. We are God’s 'house,' his family, and 'the church,' the assembly, called to worship him. And we are the pillar and ground of the truth. As a body, we must uphold the truth for all the world to see, refusing to allow it to be obscured.
When local churches conduct themselves as God intended—when they live out their identity—the gospel is proclaimed with purity, and its transformational power is portrayed with integrity."*
It is of utmost importance to accurately represent the King and his gospel of powerful transformation. Stand strong. Stand together. Share Christ. Live as citizens of a greater Kingdom!