The human heart has a secret laboratory for continually experiencing Jesus, that few people seem to discover. To me Christianity is daily doing Spirit-led experiments in God’s laboratory of life, not just weekly classroom-style lectures.
Daily life is the research laboratory for the Bible. When I put its principles into action, I experience amazing results. The Bible is a wonderful lab handbook, full of spiritual experiments we can daily conduct. “Be doers of the Word.” The living Jesus is best known thru experience, not thru intellect.
Early Christianity was a laboratory for experiencing the risen Jesus, but somehow church evolved into a religious museum. When church became a lecture room, it set aside much of the community aspects of early Christianity. When Christianity evolved from community and daily relationship with the risen Jesus, to programs and rituals, ekklesia turned into church.
Christianity still should be more than weekly classroom-style lectures. It should be daily applied in the laboratory of life! What kind of laboratory is your life? Are you experimenting with sin, or are you experimenting with following the risen Jesus? Without ongoing experiences with the living Jesus, Christianity’s merely theoretical.
Many of life’s questions have intuitive, supernatural answers. Learn to listen to the Spirit of God within your heart. Then the living Jesus can give you deep meaning, purpose, and revelation. Following the living Jesus isn’t something that’s done by will power, but by the Holy Spirit living in and thru you.
Perhaps it’s time for Christianity to get beyond lectures to labs — to actual demonstrations of the living Jesus. Too many people blindly “accept” or blindly reject Jesus without experimenting with His words in the Bible to see if they’re true. It takes time, passion, and commitment to live out Christianity. You can’t do it sitting passively in a church service.