When we recognize that Christianity is meant to be a Way of Life (and not just a system of religious beliefs) we look to the example of Jesus for inspiration, guidance and methods about this Way.
Christianity is at its best when its followers bind themselves to the religion of Jesus instead of the religion about Jesus. "As the Father has sent me, so I send you," Jesus said. Christians are people who sense that they are called to live the life of Jesus. And, Christians often find (along with St. Paul) that "it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives within me."
This is a profound and powerful mystery that is available to everyone.
Jesus said he came not to be served, but to serve. And the experience of many Christians is that we feel unusually whole, complete and fulfilled in life when we are serving and caring for others. In our sharing of love and compassion we feel joy and peace. We feel connected to Christ.
Many of us sense that this is why Jesus linked love of God and love of neighbor in his summary of the Law. And it is easy to understand that when we are in conflict with others, we are out of sorts with God. "If you are bringing your gift to the altar," Jesus said, "and there you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift at the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift." And the First Letter of John says it bluntly, "He who does not love his brother or sister whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen." (4:20b)
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