It's A Grand Thing To Be A Christian
“I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.”
So writes the famous author Agatha Christie.
To be alive, truly is a grand thing. And by ‘grand’, I don’t take that to mean a lavish, wealthy, materially prosperous, life. I mean life itself is a weighty, significant and profound thing.
Life is not simply trivial with the mere goal of survival, devoid of any thought of greater purpose. We rarely pause to think on it, but when we do get a moment to consider the wonder of being alive, it is an astounding thing. To be actually living, breathing, thinking, studying, feeling, loving, simply to be alive.
But can I suggest, that while it is an astounding thing simply to be alive, to live as a Christian is doubly so. To live the distinct, God-honouring life of the redeemed is truly a grand thing.
On Sundays we have been talking about this for over three months, walking through Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. And week after week working consecutively through the passages, we have been simply astounded at what a grand, weighty and profound thing it is to be a Christian.
Where sentences like these govern our lives:
- Blessed are the poor in spirit
- Blessed are those who mourn
- Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake
- Blessed are you when others revile you
- Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Commands which go like this:
- Far beyond not murdering – don’t get angry.
- Far beyond not committing adultery – don’t lust.
- Someone slaps you on the right cheek – turn the other one.
- Someone sues you for your tunic – give them your cloak.
- Someone forces you to go a mile – go two.
- Be perfect as your heavenly father is perfect.
- Love your enemies.
- Pray for those who persecute you.
- Jesus says ‘Beware’, but not with regards to strangers, drugs or alcohol, but of good things. Good things like: giving to the needy, praying, and fasting!
It is not a “spectacular life” in any worldly sense. These are normal everyday-life commands which only make sense in light of a different kingdom with a different king. The Kingdom of God. Life is not wasted when this is the call.
There are easier ways to live but not more meaningful, not more weighty, not more God-glorifying, and not more grand.