So, You Would Say You Are a Christian
The number of those professing to be Christians decreases annually. As it has always been, there are fewer true Christians than the surveys reveal. Some profess to be Christ-followers, but there is no evidence in their life, witness, finances, influence, or moral choices. Even those who do not profess to know Christ quickly discern the fake claims of a would be Christian versus one who truly walks daily with the Lord Jesus. Consider what leading Christians have to say about “being a Christian”.
“God never said that the journey would be easy, but He did say that the arrival would be worthwhile” – Max Lucado.
“God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supplies.” –Hudson Taylor.
“God will meet you where you are in order to take you where He wants you to go.” –Tony Evans.
“Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” –Francis Chan.
“If God is your partner, make your plans BIG!” –D.L. Moody.
“We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.” –Chuck Swindoll.
“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” –Mother Teresa.
“The greater your knowledge of the goodness and grace of God on your life, the more likely you are to praise Him in the storm.” –Matt Chandler.
“Continuous effort — not strength nor intelligence — is the key to unlocking our potential.” –Winston Churchill.
The true convert is a disciple, a person who has accepted and submitted himself to Jesus Christ, whatever that may mean or demand. The truly converted person is filled with the Holy Spirit and given a new nature that yearns to obey and worship the Lord who has saved him. Even when he is disobedient, he knows he is living against the grain of his new nature, which is to honor and please the Lord. He loves righteousness and hates sin, including his own. (John MacArthur).
A number of years ago Norman Cousins wrote an editorial in Saturday Review in which he reported a conversation he had on a trip in India. He was talking with a Hindu priest named Satis Prasad. The man said he wanted to come to our country to work as a missionary among the Americans. Cousins assumed that he meant that he wanted to convert Americans to the Hindu religion, but when asked, Satis Prasad said, “Oh no, I would like to convert them to the Christian religion. Christianity cannot survive in the abstract. It needs not membership, but believers. The people of your country may claim they believe in Christianity, but from what I read at this distance, Christianity is more a custom than anything else. I would ask that either you accept the teachings of Jesus in your everyday life and in your affairs as a nation or stop invoking His name as sanction for everything you do. I want to help save Christianity for the Christian.” (Copied).
THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2019 –