I have been watching a whole bunch of stuff online this week. Ted Talks, sermons, McLeod's Daughter's (it can't be helped...good Aussie drama is always my gig). Somewhere through the week I saw a video that asked this question in the background of whatever it was I was watching:
Is what you're living forworth Christ's dying for?
What a great question! Salvation is the most beautiful gift, but it isn't something that should be received and then stuck up on a high shelf for later. The Giver of this gift intended for us to use it every single day. It comes with responsibility. The give of salvation is so enormous and so life-changing that it should propel us to live lives characterised by gratitude. We should be sharing this gift and letting its purfume scent every aspect of our lives.
That means using our gifts and talents for the good and benefit of others. It means forgiving generously because we have been forgiven of everything. It means loving others with an unconditional, immense, immeasurable love because Christ loved us like that all the way to death. It means being gracious under fire, because trials are part of this life, and Christ showed us how to do this too. It means aligning ourselves with God's purposes and his work instead of setting out to do our own thing.
Challenging question, huh?