C.S. Lewis calls Christianity the ‘good infection’.
The thing is that when we decide upon this path, we come to realise something:
With the original fall of man, we were removed from God’s Grace. So right now, where we are, is actually in opposition to God. Think of it as a sovereign state, a King ruling his kingdom, and then one of his subjects’ defaults, and chooses to oppose him, his authority – disobeying the King – and as a result, the King banished him from his presence since the man chose to oppose the King’s law. This is what man did with God. Man was exiled (supernaturally from God’s presence, and physically from Eden).
We are the enemy.
Following Christ is effectively reverting (back) to the other side – to the side we were made to be on when God first made Adam. So all Christians here on Earth are ‘behind enemy lines’, because we started life as the ‘enemy’ – created by God, but choosing our own way, as opposed to God’s way.
Following Christ is choosing to engage in war… Yes there is the spiritual warfare, and open societal persecution, but the real war, is within. We are at war with ourselves. We who were once the enemy (before being saved) are engaged with a struggle between our spiritual and natural selves as God teaches/guides us to be more like himself (specifically, like his son Jesus).
In this process of inward transformation, we succumb to putting God in a box…
As a wise man once said, (okay he’s a young minister is the USA, but still wise), “We think this is our party and we’re inviting God into our [life] party. But the reality is that this is God’s party, and he has invited us.”
God created everything, so when we commit our lives to him, we are only choosing to give him what was already his to begin with.
God cannot make us love him – that’s not real love. True love involves an act of choice… Free will.
We have too much pride to admit and submit to God, what is already his. And we have too many affinities with this world and the distractions of things within it, yet when life is over what will we keep? We need to invest our time and energy into things not of this world, to be preoccupied by our relationship with God.
From a murky speck of dust
Within the lowly filth, the muck, deep corners of lost spaces
Within blood and broken bones
In lost things, and in the old
Beneath the bare and between the folds
Within the discarded and abandoned, the rejected and wronged
Within the malformed, forsaken and fractured fading beauty
A light may still burn if invited
Lit, from beyond worldly lustre
But it burns unnaturally, otherworldly
Reflecting wholesomely. Emitting from beyond time
If permitted, to transform the worst
The vile, the filth, the dust
are all bestowed meaning
From within, it burns to bring life beyond ash