Its 4:40pm News Years Day, here in Western Sydney Australia. According to the weather report, its a steamy 39 degrees Celsius and slightly windy. And the first day of the new year is closer to the end then it is to its beginning. Yet, I have some friends who just wished me a happy new year from across the world who told me they have another 20 minutes to go before the new year starts for them.
A friend of mine Ben, wrote a blog post where he talks about there comes a time in everyone’s life where they take stock of their lives and ask themselves if their life really counts.
There comes a time in everyone’s life where they have to ask the questions ‘What have I done/will I do with my life?’ ‘What have/will I achieved?’ ‘How did/will I live my life?’ ‘Am I satisfied with this??’. These are the questions by which we guide our lives, and by which we judge the time that we have on this earth.
These are big questions. Deep probing questions. And questions that in reality we don’t have the ability to answer honestly. Because in all honesty, we have no control over our lives; despite the illusion that would say otherwise. The phrase comes to mind, “Living the life well lived.” I can’t tell you where that phrase comes from. I can’t tell you if I made it up, or its an echo coming from my subconscious from having read or heard it before.
And therefore my personal challenge is if I’m going to personally live the life well lived. Can I truly say its no longer I that lives but Christ who lives in me? And for me, that is the question for me to ask, how well have I allowed Christ to live through me.
Perhaps its a question that all of us can ask not only of ourselves within a individual context. But how about we frame it within the context of our community of faith. As a faith community can we really answer that we allowed Christ to live through us. Can our communities in which our churches and fellowships reside answer that very question for us.
So while I may personally know and believe that Christ lives within me I have to ask, am I making that a reality to those around me?