I can’t get this out of my head. I love this first century Christian thinking (see yesterday’s Catch) because it solves so many problems, and it ignites so many new fires. It’s almost like getting a new lease on life. So I’ve come up with some more advantages to thinking like a first century Christian. And I’m sure you can come up with some yourself. If you do, write us and let us know. I think we could be onto something here.
Here are some more great things about being a first century Christian:
Everything is new.
There is no judgment because there is nothing and no one to compare you to or judge you by.
You are learning as you go.
There is nothing to unlearn because everything is for the first time.
You are looking for new words to say what used to be the old message, but is now old no longer. That’s because you are living it now. You are making it new. So you need to say it new.
When you tell people about Jesus, they may think they know who you’re talking about, but they don’t. So you have to re-educate them. You have to find ways of introducing people to Jesus for the first time.
When someone says you must be one of those Christians, you know you are not. You can’t be, because you are a first century Christian. There wasn’t anybody before you. You’re not even sure who or what those Christians are, and anyway, it doesn’t matter. You are not a copy; you are an original. And if someone writes you off as one of those Christians, well that’s truly unfortunate for them, because they could have had the opportunity to get to know a first century Christian.
So being a first century Christian means you need to know and study the word of God because you’re the only one who can interpret the truth for this culture. The world has never been quite like it is right now, and Christians have never been needed quite like they are right now — first century Christians, that is.