“Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:8-9 ESV
The meaning of true, biblical Christianity seems to be diminishing these days. Some people blatantly display the title of “Christian”, yet their desire to please Christ is nonexistent. Therefore, the question of what true Christianity is arises. Is it merely claiming Jesus as your Lord and Savior, or is there something that must change within us, making us utterly dependent on something other than ourselves?
In verses 8 and 9, Peter portrays five things about his Christian readers:
- They love Christ.
They believe in Christ.
They rejoice with joy in Christ.
They believe this although they have never seen Christ physically in person.
They receive the gift of salvation through Christ.
Sisters, this is the depth of true Christianity: God is preserving our souls by working in our hearts to become more Christ-like, embodying a joy that is against the stream of secularism and godlessness in our society. True Christianity is loving Christ, fully believing in Him, and rejoicing in the joy He brings us no matter what trial or tribulation comes our way. In other words, being a Christian is first and foremost a matter of our hearts, not a matter of our words or actions. Ladies, let’s stop craving the things of this world and start craving the joy found in Jesus. Our lives should exemplify love and thankfulness to the One who died for us…and ultimately, our lives should be centered around the only thing that truly matters: Christ.
Dear God, thank You for sending Your son to die on my behalf. Forgive me for not living my life fully for You. Help me to live in a Christ-like manner, living and breathing the Gospel every single day. Everything I have is for You, Father. I know I deserve nothing, yet You give me everything.
Does your life reflect true Christianity? Can others see your joy in Christ?