Have you ever wondered what a Christian should be doing every day, what a Christian ought to be like in terms of treating others, time management or even just associations or friends, work etc? What should the life of a Christian look like from within? there are many answers and the answers are found in scripture.
Living a daily life of a Christian is hard but before we even get to that we need to identify where our loyalties lie. So that brings me to my first point.
- FAN OR FOLLOWER
“And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.”-Luke 9:23
How many of us can truly differentiate between being a fan or a follower of Jesus?
A day in the life of a Christian looks more like someone who sacrifices their own desires and their own plans and lays them at Jesus’ feet. A fan would be the kind to only praise Jesus on a Sunday, who wouldn’t even think about sacrificing anything, whether it be their time or their attention.
“The biggest threat to the church today is fans who call themselves Christians but aren’t actually interested in following Christ. They want to be close enough to Jesus to get all the benefits, but not so close that it requires anything from them.”– Kyle Idlemen
If someone had to arrest you for being a Christian, would they have enough evidence to point to, to say that you are a true follower of Jesus? Would they find Him in your daily life, in the way you treat people, in your motives? If He isn’t the main focus. Change that today, this week.
A day in the life of a Christian should be many things but the most important part would be that people can identify you as one who truly follows the Jesus of the Bible and why I specifically say the Bible is because so many of us so easily create a Jesus of our own making by assuming His characteristics, by assuming He is one specific thing, but if we truly look at scripture it gives us the entire character of God revealed.
- QUIET TIME/BIBLE STUDY TIME
The first thing you should do when you open your eyes is to thank God for giving you another day. Starting your day with gratitude will lead to a day of true worship of the King.
It is good to plan your day, to schedule everything. Believe it or not, time management is one of the most important steps because without it, you won’t reach your goals for your day and one of those goals should be “quiet time”.
In quiet time, you ought to spend that time studying scripture, speaking to God in prayer asking Him for strength for the day, asking Him to fill you with His Spirit. Asking Him to guide you to do His will. If you not sure how to pray, Jesus addresses this in Matthew 6:9-13.
Committing to a good devotional on an app is not good enough. The way we study scripture is also important.
Here are some links to help you understand how to study the Bible:
Studying scripture takes a lot of effort but so does your relationship with God. Remember that we do not fight only against flesh and blood but there are literal supernatural forces that do not want you to pursue God, which reminds me of a quote from a preacher that I heard once.
“We never grow closer to God when we just live life. It takes deliberate pursuit and attentiveness.”– Francis Chan
- SPREAD THE GOOD NEWS
The knowledge you gain from a scriptural study in your quiet time could equip you to better share the gospel with others. This part is what truly saves lives. In life, there are only two paths, one of evil and one that leads to God. Jesus is the only way to heaven.
So when we share the truth of Jesus, so others may also turn to Him and change their ways.
We don’t only do this because we want to, but we do this because we are commanded to by Jesus himself.
“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”– Matthew 28:18-20
In this passage, Jesus even says it himself, teaching requires study of what He has commanded us. Committing your time to the word is highly important especially when it comes to evangelism. Not everyone has a gift for evangelism but we are called to do it.
A true follower of Jesus puts all their effort in but that does not make Christians perfect, we all fail but we don’t stop there, we carry on, we fight for our Jesus, to place Him back on the throne of our hearts, our careers, our finances, on the throne of our lives. Because we know that, that is what praises and honours Him first and foremost and that is the motive of our day. To glorify Him and to point others to Him, so they can experience His love, forgiveness and mercy.
In the world we are living today, there is chaos and Jesus is the only answer. So let us set an example. Let us be true representatives of the King and truly serve Him.