All about living the Christian life
Life is a journey towards the fulfillment of purpose. On this journey, we face challenges that attempt to keep us at bay. As Christians, we have the responsibility of constantly working towards the fulfillment of the high calling in Christ through faith and prayer. The Bible teaches that we were created for God’s pleasure unto good works (Eph. 2:10).
Living the Christian life involves preoccupying oneself with what pleases God and seeking to fulfill His purpose on earth. But too often we are occupied with the cares of life and the deceitfulness of riches. Some shy away from the Christian life because of the fear of the affliction that they will face. The Scriptures admonish that “many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him from them all” (Ps.34:19). It is to be expected that the living the Christian life will come with persecution, however there is an antidote. Despite the challenges to be faced, we as Christians know that we prevail always through faith and prayer. James 5:13 exhorts that should there be anyone amongst the church who is afflicted, his or her rescue is in effective, heartfelt and continuous prayer.
If you live the Christian life in the fear of affliction, then it will definitely be very hard for you to life a long and happy life. On the other hand, if you commit yourself to prayer, and meditation of the Word of God, you will be victorious in your journey through life. It is through prayer and meditation of God’s Word that we grow and mature as Christians.
The battles faced in life are simply opportunities for God’s glory to be manifested. Great faith and great patience is seen only when tested by great affliction. The apostle Paul in his writing says “We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Cor.4:8,9). Here he describes the true pedigree of the believing Christian. Then he goes on to say “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
We do not lose heart because within us is the Greater One. There is a relentless nature that is put in the heart of a man once he becomes a Christian. The things that got you down before can’t hold you down any longer. It is a heart that can rise from the ashes against all odds. You may feel you’re not capable, but with faith and resolve, no matter what the challenge you may face is, you have been declared victorious. All you have to do is get up with the mind of a victor and confront your afflictions.
Living the Christian life is one of victory, and seeking after the heart and pleasure of God. It is by faith we please God (Heb.11:6). His heart’s desire is for all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of truth (1 Tim.2:4). This is the overarching purpose of the Christian man or woman. Every purpose that is discovered must seek to satisfy this utmost purpose. Therefore in fulfilling our lives purpose we must constantly assess to see if sufficient prayer is being made for the salvation of souls. We must ensure that the steps that we take are in faith, because whatever is not of faith is sin (Rom.14:23).
Living the Christian life is not only about going to church. Christians make up the church, and the corporate gathering of believing Christians are for three primary purposes; training, worship and fellowship. The church is to be trained for the work of the ministry by the fivefold (prophets, teachers, evangelist, apostles and pastors). See Eph.4:11-16.
In Living the Christian life, we grow in the knowledge of God and of His will. In this growth we are able to bear fruit worthy of Him which will please Him (Col.1:9-10). We also ought to grow in love and fellowship amongst others, especially those who are of the household of faith. Colossians 3:12-16 puts it beautifully:
12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.