Living according the teachings of Jesus and His follwers as revealed in the New Testament… so many folks act like it’s burdensome or difficult. Now, don’t get me wrong. Our main struggle is with our conflicting desires – to gratify our self or to grace others.
When I read a passage like Ephesians 4.2-3, I am reminded about the simplicity of character that Jesus asks for:
- Bearing with one another in love
- Eagerness to maintain unity in an attitude of peace
Compare those qualities with those demonstrated by other world religions. Contrast these distinctives with the behavior of Christians and it’s a litmus test for how well they’re currently following the God whose name they claim.
Other "lists" in Scripture are also helpful to gauge our personal submission and transformation to the teachings of Jesus (Galatians 5.22-23, Colossians 3.12, 2 Peter 1.5-8). The simplicity of Christianity is this: you’re either following Jesus’ teachings, or you’re not. You’re either allowing your decisions, conducts, attitudes, and treatment of others to be influenced and directed by Him or you’re not.
It’s rather simple conceptually. But experientially… I think we can all testify with the apostle Paul:
I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. Romans 7.15
What a wretched man I am! Romans 7.24
But how about meditating on the above character traits today? We are urged to do so in order to walk in a "manner worthy of your calling." (Ephesians 4.1)