December 3, 2017
For too many people, being a Christian is like buying life insurance--it amounts to a one-time decision that gets cashed in when they die. Now, granted, you might think about your life insurance every once in a while. You might even increase it when another child arrives. "Life Insurance Christians" do the same. They periodically think about the decision they made and re-up their "convictions" during certain periods of their life. But, having life insurance is not life changing. And neither is being a "Life Insurance Christian."
A true Christian is a follower of Jesus. Trusting in Him alone for salvation opens the door to a new life, a life of transformation. Like the Christians in Thessalonica, our faith should be a growing expression of trust and dependence in Christ. And our love for one another is constantly demonstrated as we serve each other. The Christian life is not a one-and-done event. It is a lifelong process of spiritual transformation.
So, take some time to think about and honestly answer these five important questions.
· Is my past decision to trust in Jesus making a difference in my life today?
· Do I consider being a Christian an event (e.g. confirmation, baptism, church membership) or a daily interaction with Jesus?
· Am I following Jesus more closely this month than last? This year than last?
· Can I honestly say that my faith is growing more and more?
· Can I honestly say that my love for others is being demonstrated?
Being real with God and ourselves is the first step in a life of spiritual transformation.
Father, I ask that You examine my heart. Please give me the insight to answer these questions truthfully. Then give me the courage to move from where I am to where You want me to be. In Jesus' name. Amen.