CQ Plus December 1-7, 2012

Refreshing Vitality

Preface: Anyone can call himself or herself a Christian. However, true Christians will not only keep sound doctrines, they will live ethical lives, thus making this world a better place in which to live.

Because we live in a culture that increasingly leans toward commercialism, materialism, and secularism, it is not always easy to keep the soul nourished. The Christian life may become stagnate after a while. “That is why daily prayers and religious readings and church-going are necessary parts of the Christian life. We have to be continually reminded of what we believe. Neither this belief nor any other will automatically remain alive in the mind. It must be fed.”* So all is not loss in the life of the Christian that awakens to his or her current state of dearth and gets moving.

Here are some practical ways in which one can get moving again.  

Meditate on scripture. The Bible is loaded with verses of comfort, encouragement, and wisdom. 1 Peter 1:13–16 states: “Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy’ ” (NIV). Make it a habit to read and study your Bible in a regular, disciplined way. Make Jesus your focus and meditate on His life and ministry. It is our responsibility to one’s self for a fruitful Christian life.

Serve others and ask God to make you a blessing today. The life of Christ was a life of service and if the mind of Christ is in us, our life will be one of service as well. Each morning ask God to make you a blessing. Then pay close attention to every person you encounter during the day, as God will honor your prayer, sometimes in surprising ways. We have a responsibility to others (Matt. 22:39).  

Be a grateful person. Start every day with a morning prayer of gratitude to God for the gift of a new day. Do this even if the day ahead appears to be threatening evil. Conclude every day with an evening prayer of gratitude to God for the gift of the preceding hours. Do this even if you’ve had a very tough day. We owe everything we have to God. Therefore an attitude of gratitude is medicinal to the Christian life.

REACT

1. How is the nobility of servitude best explained through the life of a faithful servant?
2. Why is our attitude an important factor in the process of practical Christianity?
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* C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (New York: HarperCollins, 1980), p. 141

 

Jocelyn Beale, Winterville, North Carolina, U.S.A.