We live in a country where most of the population considers themselves Christians. At least this is what the demographic studies tell us. The downside of this statement is that most of the people who responded to those studies are not sure what being a Christian means.
With this new series, I would like to touch on a few topics about the Christian life.
1. It begins in Eternity
Christian life did not start with Jesus’ incarnation. It did not start with your baptism. It did not start with your conversion experience. The Christian life, like all the other lives, began way back before time. It started in eternity. This is what King David saying in Psalm 139: “My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:15-16.” We also have a confirmation of that with the call of the prophet Jeremiah: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5.”
God, the almighty, the loving, gracious, and merciful God, before everything was created already knew you. He knew your country, ethnic group, family, gender, color, and abilities. You were wonderfully created by a wonderful God.
Now, His work did not stop there. He had more for you. He planned for you to have a relationship with Him and become part of His family. And that was also before the world was created. This is what the apostle Paul tells us in his letter to the Ephesians: “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will — to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. Ephesians 1:4-6.” The apostle Peter confirms that in his first letter: “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 1Peter 1:18-20.” Peter makes clear to us that the blood of Christ that redeems us was known before the creation of the world.
As you can see not only our physical lives, but our Christian lives began before we were born. God thought about us, created us, loved us, and called us to be part of His family. That, my brothers and sisters is good news. We are not a chemical and biological accident. We are human beings created by a loving and kind God, who desires to have fellowship with us. The only response that we should have is to worship Him with everything that we are and have.
Grace and peace to you,