Many of us settle for a relatively tame, watered-down version of Christianity. We want just enough Jesus that we’ll be happy, but not so much that we’ll really learn to care for our neighbor, deny ourselves, or love those who hate us and pray for those who persecute us. We’re fine with a Jesus who provides for us and blesses us, but we don’t want so much Jesus that he’ll start to demand too much of us.
Why do we settle for a less-than-radical expression of our faith? Because our understanding of the gospel is less-than-radical. We live tame Christian lives because the gospel we have placed our faith in is too tame. Paul’s letter to the Philippians blows up that idea. Philippians helps us see that when we rightly grasp the gospel, the power of the gospel will be unleashed in our lives. It helps us to see that the gospel changes everything. It helps us to see that, because Jesus is alive, to live is Christ.