When You Need a Friend
“Sometimes I wonder what it really means to be a Christian,” the young man said. He was raised in a Christian home and grew up in the church, but now, in his teens, he was beginning to question the reality of his faith. “If being a Christian means growing up in a dull environment, living a boring life, and talking about long spiritual words all day, I don’t know if I am into it. Somehow I know there must be more.”
This young man, whose story Ron Luce tells in Inspire the Fire: Giving Today’s Youth Something Real to Believe In (Lake Mary, FL: Creation House, 1994, 14–15), is not alone. Many people, including many in the church, think of the Christian life as a dull, dreary, uneventful existence. If that is your perception of Christianity, then I have good news for you: Genuine, authentic Christianity is anything but dull. It is truly the adventure of a lifetime.
If you see the Christian life as boring and unchallenging, then your vision of reality is out of focus. You do not understand true spirituality. This view of Christianity as a dull and humdrum existence is common among non-Christians and among church-going people who have bought into a worldly, carnal view of life. Such people view life as Lot did. But those who view life as Abram did are destined for a life of genuine excitement, lasting meaning, and high adventure.
As we have seen, whenever Abram is living in a tent and worshiping at an altar in the land of Canaan, he is a symbolic picture of a Christian living in the power of God and the joy of the pilgrim life. A truly godly man or woman lives in this world but is not of this world. As Christians, we are meant to live by the daily cleansing of the cross.
Lot, by contrast, is a symbolic picture of the carnal (fleshly, worldly) Christian, who lives for the flesh and is governed by the flesh and its appetites. He has forsaken the place of fellowship with Christ. After leaving Abram on the hillside, Lot eagerly moved toward Sodom and Gomorrah, the cities of the plain. He was drawn by the enticements of the world and began to live for himself and for the pleasures of the senses. Lot symbolizes the Christian who is born again but who remains enmeshed in the enticements of the materialistic world system.
This excerpt was taken from Friend of God: The Legacy of Abraham, Man of Faith
©2010 by Elaine Stedman
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