A Christian, by define, is one called to imitate Jesus. In the sixteenth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus spoke this truth saying, “…If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” For the past few weeks, the youth group and I have been considering this truth. The truth that as Christians, one is called to do… one is called live out his or her faith. Scripture is clear that a Christian is one who is called to find and follow the path God has prepared for us (Ephesians 2:10).
So, the question the youth are endeavoring to answer is the same one each one must answer… what purpose for which God has fashioned? Too often this question is avoided. Too often, one just survives. One wakes up, gets dressed, goes to school or work, comes home and does whatever the evening holds, goes to bed, and then wakes up to do it all again. Is that really living or is it just surviving?
As Christians, our answer is not to settle for the mundane but to live a God-Sized life. We are not to live an ordinary life be to be extraordinary. In a sermon titled, The Weight of Glory, C.S. Lewis may have summoned it up best when he wrote “If we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”