I greet all who view this blog in the flawless name of Jesus Christ. There are countless topics that flood the news on a daily basis that impact Christian families and the church. Hence, we should be alert, but not anxious, spiritually proactive and not reactive. I pray that this blog will inform, challenge, and encourage you not to merely go through life, but to live it and live it victoriously.
– Pastor Muhammad
Many contemporary Christians are rapidly evolving into self-absorbed followers, not of Christ, but of possessions – not truly desiring Christ at all.
Quite honestly, if following Christ seems glamorous, He’s probably being misrepresented. Being a Christian is not about us attaining influence, success, or wealth, but it’s about glorifying the Son of God. We were created by Him and for Him, but often the praise we owe Him is met with the egocentric question, “What’s in it for me?” However, the answer lies in knowing that we have been chosen by God to serve Him.
On the surface, the thought of following Christ is not reconcilable with the average person. Self-denial, take up your cross and follow me (Matthew 16:24)? One might ask, “Did I really sign up for this?” If you are truly a Christian, the answer is undeniably yes.
I believe the primary challenge is when we initially accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, some of us are tempted to believe that we’re bringing something to the table of equal trade or value. Whether it’s a God-given gift or talent, wealth or social status, we must embrace the fact that when we came to God, we were spiritually bankrupt. In addition, He owns us, and our purpose is to do His will and to forsake our own.
Secondly, we must surrender our former lives to Him. We must allow the Holy Spirit to transform our mindset, behavior, and approach towards everything in this world. That, within itself, is a constant challenge we must strive to meet daily.
If the church is truly the bride of Christ, then preparing for His return should fulfill us, occupying our time. In this instance, the wedding is not about the bride, but the bridegroom. Look at what the Apostle Paul writes:
For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
The bride of Christ should anticipate a life of persecution, self-denial, selfless service, charity, prayer, and loving those who do not love them in return.
Challenge yourself by meditating on the following questions: