Recently, I had a conversation concerning the regular reading of the Bible. It seems that in a lot of homes of regular Church goers, the Bible is little more than a decoration on the coffee table or night stand. For many going to Church qualifies them as faithful Christians. After listing for a time, I opened my mouth and made this statement.
“Christians, the majority of them, need to stop acting like Christians… and just be one.”
The statement is derived from the title of a book by Christine Caine…
The book details Christians who are shallow in faith and their practice of it. It’s a wake up call for any who are serious about the lifestyle and not just wareing the lable.
The conversation emeditely turned to the word Christian itself. It was pointed out that when first used, the word Christian was ment as a negative lable and how today it is used as mockery for Christians who for whatever reason, appear as hypocrital in their walk of faith. Hypocrites are those who pretend to be something that they’re not… they act the part and put on apperances.
The thing is, back in the 1st century when it was first used, the term did in fact describe true followers of “The Way”, or the teachings of Christ and His Apostales. I don’t think it’s being applied in quit the same way in our day, by those who mock the Church.
The sad reality lies in the fact that hypocrites’, self appointed-so called Christians; the luke-warmers, as some call them… are making a loud noise while the Church is content for the most part to remain silent. Those who are opening up seem to be getting drowned out. It all points back to what the original discussion was predicated on… the reading of the Word. Here is one reason, maybe the main one why Christians, especally, should regulary read the Bible… and why their voices are not as effective as they could be…
The Word of God is seed for our spirit.
Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
Like any seed, it starts out small and isn’t much to speak of, but if nurtured it will produce a great harvest… even a hundred fold. This speaks of power. The more seed, Word of God, we plant in our spirit and nurture with faith… the greater the power. The seed or Word, is also the “Spirit of Power”, given us directly from God. With it, we are more than conquerors, without it we can do nothing. Faith in Christ is the living water that nurtures the Word.
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
If we are to be God’s people and He our God… the relationship must be one founded in love. Because the Son is in the Father and the Father in the Son; love for one is love for the other. When we show our love for Christ, by having His commandments and keeping them… we gain favor and love from God Almighty. The Word of God keeps us connected to Christ, and Christ keeps us connected to God… the only source of power there is. The work of Christ, the shedding of His blood on the cross, payed the price of reconcilleation. It allows us the right to recieve that which we ask of The Father. However, it is the love of Christ that puts power in our faith.
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
If the Church is to have a voice that rings louder than the nay-sayers. If it is ever going to be recononigzed over the actions of shallow Christians, the luke-warmers. If it is to bear much fruit, make desciples, and win souls… then it must have the manifestation of Christ and the power of God. It’s faith must be strengthen through “The Word of God”, wherin is found the God breathed “Spirit of Power.”
After all, if we are not abiding in The Word, then how much love do we have for Christ…
and just what kind of Christians are we?
If ye love me, keep my commandments
There is a wealth of understanding given by Jesus, through John on the night He was taken captive. Jesus goes into serious detail about what He has done and what we as His followers must do, (John chapters 13-17)… then again… to understand it… you have to “Read It.”