Wednesday, August 24, 2011
CUSHY CHRISTIAN OR ARMED FOR BATTLE?
Do we Christians like to be coddled or are we ready to get into the trenches and help others? Do we just go to church to get 'fed' and feel good or do we take what we learned and go out armed and ready for battle during the week? After all the Bible commands us to "go into all the world". (See Matthew 28:16-20). All of us are missionaries here on earth where God has placed us. We are to be His servants here on earth, His hands and feet, so to speak.
A few weeks ago in church the pastor compared our walk with Christ as either being on a cruise ship or on a battleship. These two ships have different functions. The cruise ship is for having fun. This could be like the 'Sunday Christian' who just goes to church to 'punch his ticket' on Sunday but the rest of the week lives life as usual not being concerned with others or Christian growth. The music is great and makes you feel good but you leave and resume life as usual.
The battleship, on the other hand, is there to fight, defend, and protect us from our enemies. It is aggressive and bold and is on constant lookout for the enemy or other danger. That is how a Christian life should be. We need to be on guard from attacks from the enemy Satan who the Bible says " prowls around like a roaring lamb seeking whom it may destroy."(See 1 Peter 5:8). James 4:7 says to "Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."
Keep your armor of God on because we in fact are supposed to be on the 'USS Satan Destroyer'. Read Ephesians 6:10-18 for your assignment for today. This passage speaks of the armor of God we are to put on daily to go into battle with our enemy Satan. He is a liar and thief and out to destroy Christians. Be on your guard.
PRAYER: Thank you for the opportunities you give me each and every day to reach out and impact someones life. Maybe just a smile or kind gesture. Give me the strength when an opportunity comes my way to not run the other way but to help in Jesus name. I thank you for where I am in my life and for the opportunities you have given me. Forgive me when I have shirked my responsibilities. In Jesus name. Amen.
Your kids or you will get a kick out of the song below. It is from the Gospel Bill TV show which is still showing in some places on Saturday morning in the US. Also known as Adventures In Dry Gulch.