Don’t Be A Super Christian!

I recently said something in a bible study that I feel I should clarify. There were two parts to the statement. This was the first part: 

PART 1  “Being a faithful Christian, being a God-honoring Christian is not striving to win the most people to Christ. Nor is it striving to belong to the largest church or be head of the largest church in the land.”

Here is what I mean by that. If your goal is to win the most for Christ then numbers become an issue in your Christian life. It can even turn into a competition for the most on your belt above others. Even if we set aside the problem of pride that will arise, the main problem is that your personal goal of being the great soul-winner will get in the way of what God really wants to do with your life. We need a community full of ground cultivators, seed planters, and those that water the seed. I can understand a desire to be with someone at the very time that they place all of their trust in Christ. That is one of the most exciting times in life. But the fact is, you may never witness this and if you do not you must not feel you have failed. 

In our war with the dark kingdom, the battle is first given to the ground cultivators. They need to hit hard the resistance to God and destroy all reasons given. These guys are rough and tough soldiers that are willing to debate bad human logic and world-centered philosophy that non-believers use and these guys are very much part of God’s army. Ground cultivation is not for everyone. I would say that most people do not know how to do this properly. But it is needed. They may never be there when a person trusts in Christ alone. However, they paved the way for that day.

 Here is how Paul says it:

2 Corinthians 10:3-5,

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.

It is nice to witness people place their trust in Christ, but do not forget most cases involve groundwork before we see fruit The point is, If you try to be a “Super Christian” without this consideration most likely you will fail. If being a “Super Christian” is your drive you will produce zero converts or fake converts. All God wants you to do is be an ordinary Christian. I know that sounds boring. But if you are an ordinary Christian, God may use you in a “Super Grand” way.

Here is the 2nd part of that statement:

PART 2  “Being a faithful and God-honoring Christian is the consistent living out of godly principles and motives in the place into which you were providentially placed by God.”

Ecclesiastes 7:10 gives us a helpful imperative:


“Say not, “Why were the former days better than these?” For it is not from wisdom that you ask this.”

Stop looking for a better life! 

Most of our life is spent trying to be something God did not intend for us to be. God places you where you are for a reason. The past days are GONE. It is foolish to try to go back. Moreover, where you will be on this earth tomorrow is unknown. But you have the day that you are living in NOW. This is where God wants you to be. Just be a Christian everyday that God has given you. Be a Christian in the place God has placed you.

What is an ordinary Christian?

  • All the great confessions speaks of the sufficiency of Scripture. Being a ordinary Christian begins with reading, seeking, studying and knowing the God of the Bible. This is the way in which we know God’s will.
  • We should also join a local church. Scripture is clear that we should gather with other Christians. This includes teaching one another, breaking of bread, praying together, giving to the needs of the church and others in the community of faith. That is what ordinary Christians do.
  • We should also share our faith. Sharing our faith does not mean we will witness conversions. That is not our job. It is the Lord that builds his church and not us. But we are expected to share in some way our faith
  • “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” That is the words of Pro. 4:23. Stay away from sin. Nothing more I can add.

NOW let’s look at that statement again. Reworded just a bit:

“Be a faithful and God-honoring Christian. Consistently live out godly principles and motives in the place where we are providentially placed by God.”

That is all. Nothing more. Just be an ordinary Christian: Read God’s Word, pray, share your faith, stay away from sin, be part of a community of faith and help those in need. 

That is very ordinary, but it is also what God wants in us. Then God can use us.

Jim


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