One Christmas, my sister was given a board game. It was the latest and greatest game at the time. She was so happy about it. She loved it!
The game was ‘Trivial Pursuit’.
We’d play the game. It took so much time. There was so much to know. It didn’t make sense. And of course she would invariably win.
I was only about 10 years old at the time. Trivia wasn’t that high on my agenda. To me it was as the name suggested, a “trivial pursuit”.
This is how people approach faith in God.
As an adult, I now see now that many people approach faith in God in the same way. They think He will take so much of their time, that there is so much to know, so many rules, and that it doesn’t make sense.
I even meet Christians who have a similar perspective. They blame the church for wanting their time, or their money. They see the basics of Christianity as too religious for them. It’s as if they think they belong to a club, not a Person.
This is completely missing the point!
Claiming Christ is not a one time event. It’s not just saying you’re a Christian. It’s not a prayer that you prayed once. It’s not about doing something that someone tells you to do. It’s not about going to a bible study. It’s not attending Church on a Sunday. No, being Christian is an on going journey of out working God’s plan for His world. It’s about living and proclaiming the way of Christ and being transformed into His likeness. This isn’t about you or me, this is about God, and what He expects and about what He is doing…. it’s all about Jesus!
The pursuit of the way is everything!
Colossians 3:1-3 in the Message translation says beautifully the point I am making. It says;
So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective. Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life.
Christ is your life! This life is about pursuit of Him. He is the way. He is the journey. He is your life!
And this is not a trivial pursuit!
Thoughts? What is your response to this understanding that Christ is your life? How do you think about this? What does this do to the way you have always approached your life?