by Pastor Greg Laurie
"These who have turned the world upside down have come here too." (Acts 17:6)
The Christian life is more than just saying a prayer or walking down an aisle and getting "fire insurance" as it were. The Christian life is meant to be dynamic. It is meant to be exciting. It is meant to have a radical effect on the way that you live and your outlook on life, because Jesus Christ not only wants to be your Savior. He wants to be your Lord. He not only wants to be your friend, but He also wants to be your God.
But I'm afraid that many today are living a substandard Christian experience. That term is really an oxymoron in many ways, because if it is a Christian experience, then it shouldn't be substandard. In a sense, that isn't even a technically correct term.
You really can't be a substandard Christian. Yet there are many who are failing to receive all that God has for them. How did a handful of ordinary people living in the first century turn their world, as they knew it, upside down? They did it without television, without radio, without megachurches, and without all the resources that we think are so important today in reaching the goal of world evangelism.
How is it that they were able to do it? I think you could sum it up in one word: disciple. They were disciples of Jesus Christ - not fair weather followers, but true disciples. They weren't living an anemic, watered-down, ineffective version of the Christian life. They were living the Christian life as it was meant to be lived - as Christ Himself offered it and as the early disciples apprehended it. If we want to impact our culture today, then we, too, must be disciples.
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