Renowned Christian evangelical author Tim Keller recently posted a tweet on what Christianity truly is. This is to oppose any theology or worldview that it is just a component of someone’s life, or an added addition to make one’s life “good” or “better.” Christian rapper Da T.R.U.T.H. stated in his song, The Greatest Need, that “Jesus didn’t come to make bad people good.. Jesus came to make dead people live.”
In Matthew 10, Jesus sends his disciples out and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and the power to heal sickness and disease. The all were cautioned to go out like “sheep among wolves,” and to take an approach to be wise as serpents, but gentile as doves. He also warned his disciples that they will be persecuted, and even hated, for his sake. However, he encouraged that there is nothing to be afraid of, as long as God is acknowledged.
Jesus would then heighten the level of faith by embedding they understand that he did not come to make everyone get along (v. 34-35). Instead, he emphasized the purpose that the disciples would have to retire from the people-pleasing business in order to effectively spread the gospel to the lost.
He exclaimed these penetrating words in verse 39.
“Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.”
Keller posted a tweet that was a sharp reminder of Christianity not being an addition, but a transformation.
If you profess to be a Christian, are you willing to lose your life (subjective convictions, standards, apprehensions toward God) in order to find your identity in Christ according to His word?