5 Essentials of Christian Living
Since the day I gave my life to Christ, I continue to strive daily to live a life that is pleasing and acceptable to God. I am aware that the ultimate person to please is God, and I can only please Him through accepting the WHOLE TRUTH of the Bible.
Below points summarise what I strive to put into practice on a daily basis. Encourage yourself by following the 5 essentials of Christian living, or do you have your own essentials of Christian living?
Things not to love: stealing, gossiping, making assumptions . . .
1 John 2 vs 15-17 explains why we are not to love the things of the world. I have decided to quote Good News Translation due to its lucidity.
"Don’t love the world and what it offers. Those who love the world don’t have the Father’s love in them.
Not everything that the world offers—physical gratification, greed, and extravagant lifestyles—comes from the Father. It comes from the world, and the world and its evil desires are passing away. But the person who does what God wants lives forever" (1 John 2 vs 15-17)
2) Worship God in Spirit and in truth (John 4 vs. 19-23). God is looking out for those people that will worship Him out of their true selves, out of their being, without compulsion, those who would worship Him in every aspect of their lives and those who are honest in their worship.
We as Christians must talk to God every day. To illustrate: If you are married or in a relationship or have a close friend, I'm sure your desire would be to communicate with such individual on a daily basis; with daily communication, your knowledge of such person increases, you start trusting them and before you know it, you would feel odd if you have not spoken to your loved ones.
Jesus Christ wants His children to discuss everything with Him; He wants you to be open with Him. He wants you to share your secrets, your worries, strengths and weaknesses with him.
When was the last time that you discussed your worries with God?
4) Humble Heart: God wants us to continue to recognise that we are spiritually helpless without Him regardless of the position we attain on earth, be it at work, school or in church. The bible says that for those who recognise they are spiritually helpless, the kingdom of Heaven belongs to them (Matthew 5:3).
5) Giving: Why should Christians give? Why should I give as a Christian? Is giving optional for me? Absolutely not! While it is sometimes difficult to give, we have to be reminded that, it is a commandment from God. Our giving/gifts is not needed by God but rather they are needed in order for us to support God’s work on earth and to bless others. Giving activates blessings of God for us.
The scripture says that, the earth is the Lord’s and its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein (Psalm 24:1). Since God owns everything, it therefore suggests that, we own nothing; we are simply stewards of God’s possessions. God expects us to give from what He has given us.
The general rule is that, before money can multiply, there must be a time of investing the money into something. The same principle applies to giving, before we can yield more harvest, we must give. Thinking from it from your own mindset, it may sound irrational. However, this is God’s promise; He stated that, whatever we sow we will reap (Galatians 6:7-8).
For giving to yield an effective outcome, our mind must be fashioned in such a way that we do not expect to be blessed back from the person that we gave to.
Put the law of harvest to work and see how it will yield results for you. I can assure you that, you won’t struggle in life.
Do you give offerings in church? Do you pay your tithe regularly? How often do you support others that are in need?
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