Christian life

Did you know that living a Christian life involves much more than simply becoming more religious? 

Beyond Following

Amazing things happen when you choose to follow Jesus.

Yes, you become a member of God’s large family and experience his love. But that’s just the beginning. There’s a lot more to the Christian life than just a sense of belonging. What is the end goal of the Christian life? Paul writes, that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ (Phil. 1:10)

Making Jesus irresistible

The end goal of the Christian life is to make Jesus attractive to everyone. You are called to make Jesus attractive to others by the way you LOVE and LEARN. 

Here’s how Apostle Paul sees this adventurous journey.

Paul thinks it’s essential for the Church family to grow in “Jesus-like” love (1:9a) and real, practical knowledge (1:9b).  With so much love and practical wisdom, you live differently! 

First, you can choose the good, true, and beautiful to live the best life. Second, you begin to lead an exemplary life: pure and blameless (Phil. 1:10b)

Eilikrines (Pure) means standing in the full light of God’s approval and being certified as pure.  In this case, it would entail being open and transparent. 

Aproskopos (blameless) means “not causing to stumble.” In a figurative sense, it means to point to Jesus. You not only choose the best life for yourself, but you also lead others to it.

Living a Christ-like lifestyle

Paul thinks living a ‘pure and blameless’ life can become attractive and appealing to others.

The whole point of your Christian life is to live as Jesus did! You can make Jesus attractive and appealing to everyone if you grow in love and spiritual insight.

Questions for further reflection

1) Do I grow in my Christian life?

2) Am I open and transparent? Do I make Jesus attractive and appealing to others?

3) Do I lead others to choose the best life?

Samuel Thambusamy is a PhD candidate with the Oxford Center for Religion and Public Life.