Photo by jayneandd on FlickrDo you recognize one of the primary differences between people who are caught up in popular culture and people who are part of the Christian subculture?

Most of the people caught up in popular culture are striving towards goals.  While, at the same time, many of the people who are part of the Christian subculture think they’ve arrived – that now that their salvation is secure, there’s nothing left.

I’m sure this doesn’t describe you.  But just keep it in mind for that friend of yours who needs to remember that he or she hasn’t “arrived” yet.

It’s a lie

Let’s start there: for a Christian who is still alive and breathing to believe that there’s nothing left to do or accomplish but to wait for final, sweet death is a lie.  It’s an abomination.  It runs contrary to how God created us and what Jesus taught.

Yes, in Christ salvation is secure, sins are forgiven, and there is no fear.  But we’re not simply saved from sin.  We’re saved into the Kingdom of God.  We’re transferred from the kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom of Light and we’re made ambassadors and ministers of reconciliation.

We’re not just saved, we’re called

As I noted above, we’re called to be ambassadors and ministers of reconciliation.  We’re called to glorify God and enjoy him.  We’re called to be part of his “kingdom come” and his “will [being] done on Earth as it is in Heaven.”  We’re called to walk by faith and not by sight.  We are called to become like Christ.

We’re not alone

Even Paul, when writing to the Philippians, noted that he didn’t consider himself to have arrived at his goal (a lofty one at that – Philippians 3:7-11).  Rather, he counted all things loss for what was coming.  He forgot what was behind to strain ahead towards the goal (Philippians 3:12-14).

What about you?

Do you consider yourself “finished”?
What are you straining towards?

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