Bill Campbell

Thoughts of Life and Ministry

HEALTHY CHRISTIANS ARE FAITHFUL

Which comes first? A healthy Christian, or, a healthy church? Todays blog will be my third response to the this question. I have already pointed out that a healthy Christian has a right attitude, or, right attitudes. A healthy Christian also possesses passion. Here is the third picture of a healthy Christian: He or she will maintain faithfulness. 

There is a major reason for stressing faithfulness as a Christian. Simply stated, it grows out of God’s initial faithfulness to us. Paul writes: “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord” (I Corinthians 1:9). 

God is consistently faithful. He is never unfaithful. At all times He can be relied on to continue His faithfulness to His people. Yet, His people are not always faithful to Him. Why? One is reason is the presence of the devil. He is always at work seeking to blind and bind the Christian. A second reason comes from living according to the flesh in place of living out of the power of the Holy Spirit. Also, Christians are frequently guilty of  being consumed by earth’s interests over that of God interests.

Involvement with the wrong kind of people can also diminish or destroy faithfulness. Worldly persons are often most successful at getting a Christians eyes focused on the fading items of this life. Thus, faithfulness to God is sidestepped in favor of what presently and momentarily creates attraction. Last but not least, time and distance can numb and deaden Christians to God’s presence in their lives.

What can a Christian do to offset the move toward unfaithfulness? There are no magical cures one can offer to  automatically guarantee consistency in Christian living. But the following resources have been found to be helpful in the Christians journey: reflecting constantly on God’s faithfulness in Scripture; mixing the habit of prayer with Bible study; repeated fellowship opportunities with other believers; identifying a genuine accountability partner; and by meeting weekly at the Lord’s Table to remember God’s supreme sacrifice for our salvation.

A healthy Christian is a faithful Christian. Ill health gives evidence of its presence when unfaithfulness interferes in the Christians life journey. 

No attempt is being made here to suggest that faithfulness is able to be in operation through our works. For we are not made right by simply adding religious works to our lives. Yet, when God establishes His relationship with us, good works will flow naturally out of that relationship.

Are you faithful to God in your walk with Him? Do you need to re-establish the faithful walk with Him? A life of faithfulness to God on earth will get you ready for heaven and all the joys it promises. And get this: “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself” (Philippians 3:20-21).

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October 9, 2010 - Posted by | Christian Life

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