I live a simple life. I do not indulge in many luxuries. I frequent thrift stores and clip coupons. I feel out-of-place on Rodeo Drive and shopping at Barney’s never crosses my mind. I live within my means with some left-over. Extravagance is not a word in my day to day existence. But don’t be fooled by what can only be seen with three-dimensional eyesight, because there is more going on with me than the casual observer may realize…
Lavish extravagance is the very definition of a life in Christ. Choosing this path we reject finding our value and satisfaction in the lesser things and embrace instead the abundant life of a child of God. Our lives, in Christ, are defined from beginning to end by the absolute extravagance of God.
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him. Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is. And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure. 1 John 3:1-3
Reading that, I hear this:
- The one Absolute Truth and Creator of the universe has included you as a child.
- Some people might mistake you for lowly, but that is only because they don’t know this magnificent God.
- As if being a Child of God wasn’t enough…there’s more! You are becoming like Christ and when you see him, your transformation will be complete. What is Christ like? He is like this:
Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything. For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross. Colossians 1:15-20
There is nothing frugal about a life in Christ. To identify with Christ means the gate to God has been thrown wide open, and enjoyment of God produces pure peace, unspeakable joy, unshakeable satisfaction, relentless contentment, otherworldly wisdom, and countless other blessings as its byproduct.
So live like somebody left the gate open…because Somebody did.