"So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective" [Colossians 3.1-4, The Message].
In his letter to the Colossian church, Paul calls the church's attention to a fundamental aspect of the Christian faith, which is, the congruence of words and actions; our confession and demonstration. For Paul, it is not enough for the church to have a solid understanding of the work of Christ, they to must seek to make that work their own, to allow the truth revealed to them to be a truth lived out through them. The Apostle James provided a similar perspective in his letter, albeit, without the rose-like poetry of Paul, when he succinctly states that, "faith without works is dead" [James 2.14, NLT].
In our series, Not Amused, we've essentially been exploring the ways discipleship to Jesus means following in the ways of Jesus, becoming his image bearers to the world around us. Being an image bearer is something we do in our individual lives and it's something we do in our corporate life as the church. The act of participation in the ways of Jesus, regardless of whether or not is unspectacular, inconvenient, or uncomfortable, is what distinguishes a follower from an observer; a disciple from the crowd.
So the question we face, every moment of every day, is simply this: Will we follow? Will we engage?
Join us this Sunday as we conclude our series with a final look at the invitation of Jesus, and the ways we as church community have said "yes" to that invite.