The Greatest Challenge of the Christian Life

Erik Cooper —  October 2, 2014 — 5 Comments

Last night I was helping my 4th grade son study for a big science test. There were moments I became frustrated with him, partially because he just wasn’t grasping some of the concepts, and partially because I was afraid of what his teacher would think of my parenting skills if he struggled on another test.

Yesterday morning, I sat across the table from two bankers our company has done business with in the past. I found myself striving to engage them in intelligent conversation, partially because I’m genuinely curious about the commercial real estate market here in Indianapolis, and partially because I wanted to prove to them I wasn’t ignorant in my new position here at CRF.

Today, I sit at my computer screen writing this post, partially because I believe I have something of value to share with you, and partially because I long for clicks, likes, and shares to validate my perspectives and fragile ego as a writer.

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The message of the Gospel is clear: everything I truly need in Jesus I already have. Yet every single day, multiple times and in multiple ways, I revert back to my old identity-shaping faux pas. I try to earn my way. I try to prove my worth. I strive to do, instead of resting in what’s already been done.

I try to be my own savior.

And instead of doing things from love, I do things for love.

This is our constant battle, and the greatest challenge of the Christian life. Our identity and value are not goals out there yet to be achieved. They’re a gift that is given. Do you want to live a more powerful, meaningful, loving, selfless, fulfilling life? Take the gift.

As believers, “It is finished” is our starting line.

5 responses to The Greatest Challenge of the Christian Life

  1. Remember that song Killing me Softly? Well this post killed me dead. Love is about longing, and what do I long for? Clicks, likes esteem, approval. Exposed. Gross.
    “It is finished” is our starting line. Amen.

    • I think “Law-based” living is the default of the human heart. It’s why salvation, while the ultimate “Good News” is so hard for us to accept. It requires death to self in that we can no longer be our own savior, and the flesh hates that! It’s a daily battle for me, Joe.

  2. Continually alarming to again see “the more we know, the less we know.” We mortals definitely can disarrange the most simple teachings presented in our Bibles. Seeing again short reminders such as this forever reminds me I am far more than just a born again sinner…I am borderline moron.

  3. A friend shared this outstanding diagnostic question a number of years ago. “Are you trying to earn God’s love, or are you living in response to it?”

  4. The greatest deliverance comes when we areturn freed from ourselves. I stand in the same shoes.

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