Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Following Christ ... Really ... (1 Thessalonians 1:2-5)

Today’s scripture: 1 Thessalonians 1:2-5

Being a Christian is so much more than just saying that God exists. As the Bible tells us: “Even the demons believe—and tremble!” (James 2:19). And it’s so much more than just going to church each Sunday or saying a prayer now and again … usually when something goes wrong. Or quoting a Bible verse every once and a while.

Being a Christian, a follower of Christ, means committing your life to God’s will. And when you commit your life to God, surrendering everything to Him, your desire is to serve Him. You want to work for Him, serving and loving others as you hope in Him.

You read God’s word—with its “scarlet thread” of salvation that is weaved throughout—and with the inspiration and illumination of the Holy Spirit, you are encouraged and convicted. You hide God’s word in your heart, knowing its words will keep you from sinning against the Lord (Psalm 119:11).

You spend time in prayer, praising God and interceding for others. You listen to God’s voice as He leads and guides you along His chosen path.

Yes, being a follower of Christ takes focus and discipline, but the rewards of knowing you are in relationship with the God of the universe make it all worthwhile!

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