This summer, our focus with Fusion is on the simple question: what does it look like for us to live our lives as citizens of God’s kingdom?
Simple Question. Big Answers.
“What does it look like for us to be daily followers of Christ?” may be a simple question and honestly, we could take a cue from Jesus and boil it all down to loving God with our whole hearts, minds, souls, and strength and loving our neighbor as ourselves. But still, it can be hard to know what that means and looks like in every area of lives.
It Starts with Community
In Colossians 3:16 we are directed to:
“Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”
At TCC, and more specifically, within Fusion, part of our goal is to create a Christ-centered community that looks like the body of Christ as described in all of Colossians 3. This blog is only one small way that we do it, but it is a platform where we want God’s word and work in our lives to move us in how we encourage and challenge and push each other to grow in Christ-likeness.
Living Wholly Holy Lives
I think all of us know that following Christ looks like more than just showing up on Sunday mornings, but figuring out what it looks like in each area of our lives can be a challenge.
As Christ-followers, our sincere desire should naturally be for Christ to be at the center of who we are and everything we do. As citizens of God’s kingdom, we can’t afford to have a compartmentalized or compromised existence. This summer, let’s embrace the holistic effect of the Gospel. Let’s pray for and pursue hearts so fully and rightly centered on Christ that He naturally permeates every area of our lives: how we worship, love people, approach our educations and jobs, interact with coworkers and family members, steward the gifts and resources God has given us, and even as we plan for the coming year. God is moving and active and has something to say about even the seemingly mundane tasks of living.
Because life is diverse and multifaceted, we want a diverse set of voices from men and women of God who are pursuing Christ through different seasons of life, who have seen Him work in their hearts in different ways, and have learned about what it looks like to love Jesus in specific areas of their lives.
We want our citizenship to be evident in every corner of our lives: the outward manifestations of our hearts to be more and more in line with our redeemed status as a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation.
Here’s my challenge for this week: Pray for God to show you if there are areas in your life that are not producing the fruit of the Kingdom of God and for a soft and teachable heart. That’s going to be my prayer for myself.