Ingredients In A Christian Life

Nutrition Facts of a Christian

Our world is continually consumed with trying to find “today’s answer” to living the ever unattainable utopian lifestyle:

  • Eating healthy foods.
  • Working out the cardio and muscle systems.
  • Scanning Pinterest for organizational and time saving tips.
  • Reading books that mentally help us grow.
  • Finding balance between family and work.
  • _________________ (You fill in the blank.)

In truth we need only acknowledge One, and realize He already supplyed all ingredients needed to sustain us. Through Jesus we learn of the love God has for all of us – past, present and future.

John 17:26 I [Jesus] have made you [God] known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”

The Bible tells us the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, and God  are in us. And through the life story of Paul we find the members of the Trinity inspire the family of Christ to produce ingredients essential to all Christian lives.

Ephesians 3:14-19 For this reason I [Paul] kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. (emphasis added)

Paul wrote his letter to the Ephesians approximately 60 A.D. He was a Christian for nearly 30 years now, continuing his mission of spreading the Gospel of Jesus just as he was entrusted to do after he met the resurrected Jesus on the road to Damascus.

The history of Paul is he was born a Roman citizen and grew up an educated Pharisee. At the time he met Jesus, he was actually carrying permission papers from the high priest allowing him to seize all Christians he found and put them in prison. At this point in his life, Paul’s thoughts on leading a utopian life meant persecuting all Christians!

But Paul’s understanding soon changed.

Paul's Conversion

Paul’s conversion to Christianity brought him out of darkness and into the light. As Paul obeyed God, he grew in strength and knowledge of the Lord. This strength and knowledge filled Paul with ingredients of Christianity that he fully shared with others.

And Paul lets us know these ingredients are derived from the Holy Spirit. The use of these ingredients in our lives encourages us to produce our own ingredients to offer to others. Thus, unbelievers ingest our offering of these ingredients and in turn may become believers of Christ. Then they can instantly start producing their own ingredients because the nanosecond we believe in Christ, His power resides within us.

I encourage you to go and use some of your God given ingredients today. No matter your circumstance or position in life, your ingredients are sharable. Paul was actually under house arrest in Rome at the time he wrote his letter to the Ephesians. But because of his faithfulness to God, Paul’s ingredients were continually overflowing and thus, he continually offered his ingredients to others.

Paul believed in the the Good News that Jesus willingly was crucified for our sin, then rose from the dead to sit at the right hand of the Father. His letter to the Ephesians was directed to strengthen their Christian faith, reminding them to use their God given ingredients.

Ephesians 4:1-6 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.  Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

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