Living like Jesus now
Do you ever wonder how the gospel affects your life right now?
Sure, it addresses the past: we’ve been rescued from sin. And it addresses the future: one day we’ll spend eternity with Jesus (Hebrews 9:28). But what about now?
Biblical Counsellor Paul Tripp calls this gap in our knowledge ‘a huge dark hole in the middle of our gospel’. And it’s a dangerous hole.
It can turn us into people who wait, flicking the occasional bible page, ‘just hanging around until the good stuff finally happens’ (Tripp).
But Jesus’ death and resurrection didn’t only impact our past and future, it also impacts our present.
A new creature
The gospel has given us new life. In Christ, we are ‘new creatures’ (2 Corinthians 5:17, NASB). So we should use the present moment to live like the new people we are.
Imagine a caterpillar that has just become a butterfly. Imagine if it clung to branches, tried to spin a cocoon, and never took flight. Pretty stupid, right?
Let’s take flight as the new, Jesus-shaped people we’ve become.
And what did Jesus do? He certainly didn’t just hang around until his time to die.
A new purpose
Jesus loved eating and drinking (Luke 7:34). But above all, he loved people. He pursued them. He spent time with them. He told them the truth about God’s coming kingdom.
Because ‘it’s no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me’ (Galatians 2:20), we too should ‘make the most of every opportunity’ to love people like Jesus did (Ephesians 5:16).
Look around. There are needs everywhere. The dishes. The poor. The lonely.
Above all, there’s the need for people to meet, know and love this Jesus, who not only transforms our future, but calls us to his mission now (Matthew 28:19).