Paul Tripp has a a really good word for us:
If you had to write a short description of Christianity, what would you write? If you had one sentence to capture the essence of your belief, how would you phrase it? I’ll give you 5 common answers:
- Christianity is having your sins forgiven and going to Heaven
- Christianity is a commitment to ministry within the body of Christ
- Christianity is a commitment to evangelism and service
- Christianity is theology that provides answers for major life questions
- Christianity is a moral code for daily living
None of these answers are wrong. Christianity is absolutely about justification and eternity; Christianity most definitely includes ministry and evangelism; Christian theology provides a framework to interpret life; and Christianity does lay out a moral code for daily living.
However, at its essential core, Christianity is not about activity, theology, or evangelism. All of those things are good and meaningful parts of Christianity, but they miss one key ingredient.
In a word, Christianity is about love. The core of the Christian message is the comfort of God’s love for undeserving sinners, coupled with the call that Christians should love God above else. Christianity is about a life altering, agenda-setting, love relationship.
Keep reading Fall in Love Again and “meditate on Christ’s beauty. Focus on His glory. Bask in His grace. Fall in love again with your Savior.”