Is it what we GET that makes Christianity attractive?

So much of Christianity nowadays seems to be about the things you get for being Christian, like you get salvation if you repent and believe, you get rewards if you do good works, you get a closer walk with God if you fast and pray, and you get all kinds of blessings if you’re kind and generous. It’s all “get, get, get.”

But isn’t that the appeal of the Christian message, though? It’s what we “get” for being Christians, isn’t it? We all get to go to heaven because we’re Christians, not go to hell like all those non-Christians. And when we become Christians we get miracles, we get healing, we get angelic protection, we get answers to prayer, we get all our needs met, we get life in abundance, we get peace beyond understanding, we get joy inexpressible, and on an on it goes. And isn’t that a huge part of Christian preaching to make Christianity attractive to others? It’s like selling a product by advertising all the things it can do to make life easier, happier and more exciting.

But the attraction of Christianity isn’t what we can get when we’re Christian, it’s realizing what we’ve already got. According to 2 Peter 1:3,¬†“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness.” HAS given, take note, meaning it’s already ours. And according to Paul in Ephesians 3:20, it’s even beyond our imagination what we’ve already got.

And that’s what people need to hear. It’s not “if you become Christian you get all these goodies,” it’s “Christ died for all” (2 Corinthians 5:15) so that our greatest needs as humans have already been taken care of. And if only we believed it we would then begin to experience it. What we’ve denied ourselves as humans, then, is experiencing what we’ve already got.

We were all dead in our transgressions, for instance, but God made us alive with Christ and “seated us with Christ in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 2:5-6), so that we could join Christ in all that’s he’s doing, filling this world with everything he is, all of which God planned in advance for us to do (verse 10) before the world was even created (Ephesians 1:4). All that’s left for us to do is participate in what is already ours (2 Peter 1:4).

When Christ ascended that’s when the Holy Spirit was given to us so that Christ himself in all his divine and perfect nature can actually live what his Father has already given to us IN us (Colossians 3:4).¬†Christianity, therefore, is never about getting; it’s all about God’s giving, every step of the way. And that’s what makes Christianity so attractive.

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