“Prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.”
Last Sunday, I heard a really great sermon. The main point was “count the cost” – are we really taking seriously our decision to follow Christ—are we really HIS DISCIPLE ?? As I walked out of the Church I had mixed feelings. On one hand, it was a challenging sermon, but on the other, I wondered was anyone really going to take the sermon to heart? What change will take place in their hearts and actions, after hearing this challenge??
My son talks about the “American Christian” meaning one who goes to church and that is about it— no change of heart, lifestyle, and No Action !
So today, tonight, this week- I challenge YOU (me too) to really be a Disciple of our Lord! Let the Holy Spirit come in and change you from within; and then take Action– by making our world different through your life in Him. Make His Light in your life shine bright to a very dark world. Make a difference with your life- one day, one week, one month at a time. Then as Paul wrote, you will have “run the race” well.
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.”
1 Corinthians 9:24,25
Start now by praying, claiming, and acting on His Word: He will give you wisdom and direction-
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.”
He has given you great blessings – He chose YOU for a purpose-
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight…”
Now it is time for Action-
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit– fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.”
The Lord’s direction – what to do
“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.””
Matthew 28: 18-20
(If you are prepared to make a re-commitment to run His race, contact us so that our Prayer Circle can pray for you and we can encourage you).