1. Jesus didn’t die so that we could take advantage of His grace.
Grace is never deserved, and it also not to be taken advantage of. While God’s grace flows in abundance, this does not give us the right to misuse it for the benefit of our selfish desires. This doesn’t mean we are expected to be perfect, but instead pursuing true righteousness and finding progression in the process. (Titus 2:11-12)
2. Jesus didn’t die so that we could reflect Christianity in a hateful way.
Whether it be in person, on social media, or even through the grapevine-Jesus did not die on a cross so that you could claim to love him, yet reflect an opposite result to others. (1 John 4:20)
3. Jesus didn’t die so that we could pursue money, fame, and materialism.
The cross points us to Christ, not creation. And while many of us may use this sacrifice as a fuel to pursue the world, Jesus in fact died on a cross to forgive us of the sins we’ve committed in the world. The gift of grace wasn’t presented so that we may become infatuated by the pursuit of riches, titles, and glory. The cross of Christ gives us a new hope, a new vision, and a new purpose. We are called to be “not of this world.” As a Christian, your life should reflect an image of grace and selflessness, not greed and self-entitlement. (Romans 12:2)
4. Jesus didn’t die so that we could wear a cross around our necks, but not honor the sacrifice that was made on it.
A cross isn’t just a fashion accessory. The significance of the cross has more weight than any other symbol in the world. And while many of use represent this symbol as nothing more than a piece of bling, God highlights that symbol as the very thing he sent His son Jesus to die upon. (1 Corinthians 1:18)
5. Jesus didn’t die so that we could make money off His name.
Biblically, there is nothing wrong with having a Christian company. The problem lies when one uses the name of Jesus to strictly make a profit, with no vision of expanding the reach of His hope. It all comes down to one’s motives. (2 Corinthians 2:27)
6. Jesus didn’t die so that we could live a life free from pain.
Free from pain? Nope. Someone to lean on during trials? Yes. Becoming a Christian doesn’t mean that life will be just peachy, but it does mean you will have someone to rely on during times of pain and suffering. (Matthew 11:28)
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