Posted by: futurefaith | April 29, 2011

Living the Christian Life Is Work.

The Christian life is a call to action. It demands vigilance, dedication, and a preemptive approach. The Christian life concerns itself with functioning within the will of God as revealed in the Scripture. This is why historically true Christianity claims the Word of God as the SOLE source for faith and practice.
The Christian life is not a normal routine for humanity. In fact, the Scripture refers to it as being something “new” to a man (2 Cor. 5:17). When this “new” thing is created by God for the individual who is now “in Christ”, a new experience begins. Where once life flowed easily without much contention, now, a new situation develops. There is now a tension in their life. A tension between what they used to always do, and what they understand they are supposed to do. This conflict is described by Paul as “warfare” (ESV) [Gk. strat-ti-ah] (“strategy”) (“fight”- NIV) (2 Cor. 10:4). We see Paul later encourages Timothy to wage the “good warfare” (ESV) (“fight the good fight” – NIV) (1 Tim. 1:18). So we are able to see from this that the Christian life doesn’t function automatically within man, he must take action and move toward it.

Understanding the Struggle: The scriptures tell us that we have been “created” in Christ for a certain function (Eph. 2:10). The creation was “FOR” good works, works that had been appointed for us to do (to live in) “in advance” (NIV) (before the world was created). So our “new creation” was for the purpose of working spiritual endeavors…the Christian life.
We may ask ourselves a couple of questions here. First, “to what end are we to be working?” and secondly, What are we to be working against?”. Perhaps we should start by answering the latter question first.

“What are we to be working against?” The answer to this question is had in parts.
1. The Flesh/Sin nature (Rom. 7:23-24) (Gal. 5:17-18).
2. Principalities and powers of darkness (Eph. 6:12).
3. The prince of the power of the air (pertaining to the lower atmospheric regions) (Eph. 2:2) (1 Peter 5:8) (Eph. 6:16).

“To what end are we to be working?” The answer to this question is one (being conformed to the image of Christ) but has many aspects.
Ephesians 4:12:
1. Attain a unity of the faith.
2. Attain knowledge of the Son of God.
3. Attain a mature status.
4. Attain to the measure [standard] of the stature of the fullness of Christ.

So we see, true discipleship is the endeavor of every believer, the end design God has intended in giving us faith to put in Jesus Christ. The question then is, “Are you working at living a “disciple’s” life?” While I do not mean to say that this is accomplished by mere human means or in human might alone, I do wish to stress the “responsibility” God has given every believer which is that we are to “be holy for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16) (ESV). Are we striving for the mastery of that for which Christ has saved us? It isn’t easy, but it must be pursued. And as we do we are confident that we are more than conquerors through Him that saved us. After all, He as given us His Spirit and thus His mind. By the grace of God pick up your sword and join in the fight. The richness of the blessings that will be found in “disciple living” can not be compared.

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