Normal Christianity is not biblical Christianity. When I chat with believers today their Christian experience has been fairly mundane and not empowering. They are living like most if not all the unbelievers who surround them in their neighbourhood. They believe in the doctrines of the Christian faith, they pray, they read their bible, and some (fewer all the time) support their local church. But, there is no life and no power in their Christian experience and thus they are often lacking enthusiasm and excitement in their Christian life. Thus they live normal lives like their non-believing neighbours and friends. But, for a true disciple of Jesus, normal is boring, routine, and deadly to any sense of adventure.
Let’s not do normal. The Bible states that when we have truly been convicted of our sin, experienced godly sorrow, and repented (2 Corinthians 7:8-10) then we are truly born again. We become true followers of Jesus and enter into a personal, dynamic, daily, ever-changing and deepening, unique, love relationship with Jesus (Romans 6:23b and John 17:3). This seriously can never be boring. And, we then have the very life and nature of God within us.
To have a relationship with the Living God we need, as with any relationship we are developing, to hear, see, and touch. The early disciples of Jesus did this in the actual flesh. John, the apostle of love and the closest to Jesus writes,
“From the very first day, we were there, taking it all in—we heard it with our own ears, saw it with our own eyes, verified it with our own hands. The Word of Life appeared right before our eyes; we saw it happen! And now we’re telling you in most sober prose that what we witnessed was, incredibly, this: The infinite Life of God himself took shape before us. We saw it, we heard it, and now we’re telling you so you can experience it along with us, this experience of communion with the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. Our motive for writing is simply this: We want you to enjoy this, too. Your joy will double our joy!” (1 John 1:1-4 The Message Version).
Paul, the one most responsible for the spreading of the Kingdom in the early Church, had an encounter with the Living Jesus on the road to Damascus where he directly saw, heard, and was touched by the living Jesus (went blind). Then, through the prophet Ananias he heard God’s plan for his life and ministry …
“Then he said, ‘The God of our ancestors has handpicked you to be briefed on his plan of action. You’ve actually seen the Righteous Innocent and heard him speak. You are to be a key witness to everyone you meet of what you’ve seen and heard. So what are you waiting for? Get up and get yourself baptized, scrubbed clean of those sins and personally acquainted with God.’ (Acts 22:14-16 The Message version)
Paul also heard directly from the Risen Jesus. “After I was back in Jerusalem and praying one day in the Temple, lost in the presence of God, I saw him, saw God’s Righteous Innocent, and heard him say to me, ‘Hurry up! Get out of here as quickly as you can. None of the Jews here in Jerusalem are going to accept what you say about me.'” (Acts 22:17-18 The Message Version)
It is very hard to have a relationship with someone when you cannot hear and see the person you are relating to. But, this is the normal experience of most Christians. It does not need to be this way. Let’s not do ‘normal.’ God has placed inside every truly born again believer the gift of “eternal life” which is the supernatural ability to have a personal relationship with Him. So, take the time to unwrap the gift, learn to hear His voice, and see what He is doing in His Kingdom. This is the basic rights of all of His children.
Jesus said to Nicodemus that when a person is born again He can see the Kingdom and, of course, enter the Kingdom. And, Colossians 1:13 states that when we are truly born again we are immediately free from the domain of darkness and transferred over supernaturally into the Kingdom of Jesus and light. So, we as believers, are in the Kingdom and can see, hear, and touch the King of the Kingdom as He said we could.
It is time to unwrap the gift and begin to relate to Jesus as we should – building a strong and powerful relationship with Him. Then we simply would never do normal again. We would be enjoying the challenge of the greatest adventure any person could ever wish for – walking with Jesus and fulfilling His plan and purpose for your personal life as Paul the apostle and the early believers experienced.