For this blog post, I could write a cool theory about missional community. I could talk about the campus, the students, churches; really any number of topics that I’m certain you would read a couple sentences of and then skip over. Instead, I want to tell you, shortly, about something that has been giving me life lately. Maybe it will give you life too.
Colossians 3:3-4 says, “For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.”
Realize this today, if you know Jesus. Your life is a person. Paul calls Christ “your life.” Read these next few statements slowly:
Your life isn’t your performance.
You life isn’t your grades.
Your life isn’t what your roommates or parents think of you.
Your life isn’t everything going your way.
Your life isn’t being free of pain.
Your life isn’t even how well you love or obey Jesus.
A New Life in Jesus
Jesus is your life. This means that every time you fail, Jesus never did—so God loves you. Think about it—it’s really good news—God actually loves you, right now, despite you. God has changed my life with this good news. The most freedom and joy I experience is when I remember that I’m never going to measure up, but Jesus did. I’m so thankful that He’s now my life.
True obedience starts with us knowing that we don’t have to do anything to earn God’s love. The days I follow Jesus best are the days when I’m most resting in His finished work for me, enjoying that I don’t have to do anything at all.
Remember who your life is today.