Funny, right? I love the sad looks on this poor chef's face as he hilariously tries to cook a signature meal without the use of his hot grill, (along with that oh-so-sad music!). But this comedic video actually made me think of something else this morning. How often do we just as hilariously, (or tragically?), attempt to DO Christianity without one of the essentials of Christianity—namely Christ Himself? Now, I emphasized the word "do" in that last sentence on purpose. Obviously, one can't BE a Christian without Jesus Christ. It's His life, sacrifice, and resurrection—and only these things—that make it possible for us to become one of His saved people. But once having become a Christian—by putting personal faith in Jesus and His provision—it can be surprisingly easy to slip into a brand of "Christianity" that is remarkably devoid of...well...CHRIST. We read about Him. We sing songs about Him. We have meetings where we invoke His name. But none of that is quite the same as abiding in Him. That's not a new thing...which is why Jesus uses that phrase in John 15:5. (Some translations use "abide", some use "remain".) He teaches His disciples that "apart from [Him] you can do nothing."
It's a good reminder that Christianity isn't simply about salvation which is in the future...just a post-death reality. The Bible's teaching is that the Gospel is a present reality too. It's why the Bible so frequently refers to our "walk" or "life" as believers. We're expected to live out the Gospel; to act out Christianity right here and now and to bear fruit. And Jesus teaches that we can't do that without Him! It should be as obvious as a hibachi chef's need for a hot cooking surface. Are you abiding in, or remaining in Jesus this day? Is your Christian walk one of growing closer to Him? Depending on Him more and more? Obeying Him? Doing His work? Etc, etc. It's food for thought. (See what I did there??)
- Pastor Paul