What does it mean to be a Christian? What does it mean to have faith in Christ? What does it mean to go to church? What does it mean to read the Bible? What does it mean to serve as Christ served? What does it mean to desire heaven and fear hell?
What does any of it mean?
Why would a person go through day after day after day consumed by such things? Is it to stay busy in a world of drifting and laziness? Is it to find purpose in a life of wandering and ever-changing directions? Is it to right wrongs that we know deep down exist in order to sleep at night? Is it submission to an authority figure in our lives that we strive to impress?
Christians do a lot. Christians are very busy people consumed by their Christian lives, and while this is not necessarily a bad thing, it is a horribly misguided, useless existence if the Christian is caught up in what they can do and not what Jesus Christ can do. The foundation of Christianity and of every Christian must be the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. And this life, death and resurrection occurred for no other cause than outrageous love. Therefore, a Christian’s busy-ness must only stem from the love received from Christ and returned to him. Understanding the relationship between man and God is no different than understanding relationships between people. A relationship built on activity and productivity is empty and futile without love. Love between people is not just the product of that relationship, but the fuel that propels the relationship forward. Similarly, a relationship built on anything other than this received and returned love is not the relationship that God desires.
The debate between faith and works has been waged since the early church and will continue until Christ returns. In a true relationship, one overwhelmed and overcome by the love freely given us by Jesus Christ, there is no possibility of service void of love. The love that we received from him on the cross is returned to him in our transformed lives. The selfless nature that operates in ours works devoted service to him as proof of our commitment to loving him with everything we have, because he loved us first.