In our padded, materialistic, overstimulated Western society, Christianity has become more of a “rote religion”—a list of things you should and shouldn’t do, devoid of a relationship with the One who loves you the most—than a passionate relationship with the living God manifest by internal and cultural transformation. I believe there is a generation alive today shaken with a holy discomfort of simply going through the motions. In response, they are crying out to know what following in the ways of Jesus really means for our everyday lives.
I believe many are willing to fit the bill; we need not dumb down the price tag. Jesus came for a revolution inside our hearts that would transform our entire lives and, in turn, society. The more we know Him, the more we discover our true identity and our destiny here on earth; the two go hand in hand. Following Jesus is about the pursuit of His heart and a deeper understanding of the gospel and how the Good News is worked out in our lives and the lives of those around us. Gospel means “good news,” which indicates there was bad news to start with that Jesus came to reverse.
Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection are both timely and timeless. There is no other gospel but death and resurrection. First Jesus’s death and resurrection and then our own as we are crucified with Christ and resurrected in His life as a new creation.