Thursday, December 18, 2008

Advent Paradoxes: Pit Bulls

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” –Ephesians 2:10

For some reason, Pit Bulls have become popular pets. This is strange because they were never intended to be pets. Pit Bulls have been designed to fight. When they instead live life as a pet in a family, especially a family with kids, tragedy can result. This is what happens when you live life denied of the purpose for which you were created.

Ephesians chapter two tells us of the tremendous liberation we have been given as a result of Christ coming to live as a man and to die for our sins. This is the reason we have to celebrate at Christmas and all the year long. It is not just a matter of salvation from eternal damnation. It is fulfillment; we have been given the purpose for which we were created.

Before we came to know Christ, we were truly dead. A human being is half physical and half spirit. Without a living spirit, we are not fully human, and the Bible tells us that before we have a relationship with God we are spiritually dead. To know Christ is to be fully alive for the first time.

People tend to say that Christianity is simply a list of rules and things you cannot do. It is an oppressive system. The reality is that only once we know Christ and become alive are we truly free. Prior to our salvation we live imprisoned by sin and death.

Finally, only in a relationship with God can we truly live out the purpose for which we have been created. God has planned things for us to do before we were ever born. His great plan for the universe involves us. We have tasks planned for us. Once we turn our lives over to God and enter into a relationship with him, we are able to do those things we were made to do.

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