That’s Not Christianity!
Jesus did not come to make bad men good. He came to make dead men live. Christianity is not religion. It is not self-improvement. It is not about a person doing his best to be holy. Christianity is Life. It is God’s Life, imparted to you, working powerfully in you, flowing miraculously through you.
Look at how the Apostle Paul described what it meant for him to be a Christian.
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 NIV)
And again, Paul wrote,
For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. (Colossians 3:3, 4 NIV)
Do you see it? We are not Christians because we are keeping rules, doing good works, and trying hard not to sin. That’s religion; that’s not Christianity! We are Christians for one reason only: Christ is our life. Christ is alive in us.
Turn on a lamp and no light shines. Plug it in and it comes alive. What made the difference? Electricity! Dead lamps shine when power enters. Dead people live when Christ comes in.
Here is Paul, once again, exclaiming the glorious reality of a life lived by faith in the power of the indwelling Christ: “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13 NASB)
You are a Christian, not because you gave your life to Him, but because He gave His life to you. It is His life in you that makes you righteous, holy, and strong.
Christianity is not religion. It is Life! And you experience it by believing His Life is working in you like electricity in a lamp, like blood in your body. “Only believe,” said Jesus, “and you will see the glory of God.”
So stop struggling. Start believing.