Colossians 1:22, “but now he has reconciled you by his physical body through death to present you holy, without blemish before him.”
Last weekend my wife and I attended a conference that her company hosted called Right Now. During this conference a slew of Christian Leaders (Kay Warren, Francis Chan, George Barna, Mark Batterson, Donald Miller, Matt Chandler, and more) spoke on trading in the pursuit of the American Dream for a world that desperately needs Christ.
I am so excited that my wife has this opportunity to be part of a cause that is truly meaningful to its core and relevant for today. With all the advancements in technology and the social improvements of our day, people still continue to suffer. Injustice, unrighteousness, and evil continue to be rampant in our time and culture. The American Dream is not so dreamy anymore.
Sadly, many of us have bought into the lie that the pursuit of wealth and materialism will bring fulfillment and happiness. While such things bring convenience and momentary pleasure, they are fleeting and do not have the power to replace the fulfillment that is brought by the Christ-given mission we are called to.
When we become a follower of Christ, we are becoming a part of something greater than ourselves. We must learn to look beyond our immediate gratifications and realize that we were reconciled to God so that we will one day be presented holy before God.
The Christian life is a holy life. It is living a life that is w-h-o-l-l-y different, a life that trades in the momentary and fleeting pursuits of this world in exchange for being on mission with Christ.
Another way of stating this is that we are made to trade. Jesus offers a Great Exchange where we die to our self in order to live for Christ. It is a world view that utilizes opportunity and resource for the use of building a Kingdom that fights against, and will one day destroy, injustice, unrighteousness, and evil.