All around the world today, we have seen the impact of radical Islam upon the world; the radical agenda that is carried out by zealous followers with extreme devotion to Allah and Islam. I have never ceased to be amazed at the apparent zeal of most false religions and cults when contrasted with the apathy and stagnancy of those who claim to worship the ONE TRUE GOD, THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. It is the curse of our faith in our current generation. Granted, Muslims, as well as most false religions, adhere to the tenets of their beliefs because their eternal destiny hangs in the balance (good works to obtain salvation), but we understand that we are saved by grace alone through faith in the finished work of Christ. AMEN!!
However, I do believe that OUR duty, desires, and devotion as true children of God should far surpass that of “religious” people. We have been saved by the grace of God; we have been born again; we have a home in heaven that Jesus has gone to prepare and will soon come again and receive us unto Himself. So then, the question is why are we so casual in our Christianity? Why are we so apathetic toward the great duty of every Christian, witnessing? Might I suggest that just as Muslims have five pillars of duty, so the Christian has five “pillars”; five “essentials” that will revive our hearts toward God and break us out of our lethargy and complacency toward God and His work.
- Bible Reading- A dear friend once said, “If your Bible is not falling apart, you are.” It has also been said that, “This Book will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from this Book.” 2Ti 3:16,17 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” Growth, maturity, and wisdom will only come as we immerse ourselves into the Word of God. Do you read the Word of God daily? If not, it is essential that you dedicate some of your time to God in meditating upon His Word.
- Prayer– My childhood preacher used to say, “Prayer blesses the Saviour, bolsters the saints, and bothers Satan.” How true! What a tremendous resource prayer is as we seek the will of God, worship Him, and humbly make our petitions to the throne of grace. Power for living, forgiveness of sin, grace in the time of need, and communing with God; it is our privilege as a child of God. Oh, how blessed we are as the people of God to have this blessing! Use it! Talk to God! Everywhere, all the time, as a Friend, as a dear Father, Who knows our needs even before we ask and desires to bless His children.
- The Local Church- The church of the living God is “the pillar and ground of the truth.” 1 Tim 3:15 It is in the local church that God has “called us out” of the world to worship Him, to hear the preaching and be encouraged, to find the fellowship of the saints, and to engage in the work of God. You cannot succeed in the Christian life, without faithfulness to the local church. What a blessing to be able to come to Grace Baptist Temple each week and be encouraged and worship God.
- The Grace of Giving- I will assume that we all understand that giving our tithes and offerings is taught in the Word of God. What I will not assume is the fact that everyone understands how important it is for us to BE obedient to this grace in our lives. Our obedience in the grace of giving is the key to God opening the windows of Heaven in our lives and pouring out His blessings abundantly. Dr. Cham McMillen, a good friend, said, “God can give more THROUGH you, than He can TO you.” We need to learn that God’s shovel is bigger than ours and that when will honor Him, He will in turn honor us for our obedience. Whether it is financial or otherwise, God takes great pleasure in blessing the obedient. Do you honor God?
- Witnessing/Soulwinning– Finally, we must understand that God has given each of us the duty, the task, of winning others to Christ. “Act 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” There are no excuses, nor exemptions from this great duty. We must learn God’s Word, so that we can become effective witnesses and reach others with the message of the Gospel.
There are, of course, many other areas in our Christian life that must not be neglected, such as holiness and standards. However, it is my experience that if we are living by the five “pillars” of the Christian life, the other areas take care of themselves. Should we not have more zeal and devotion for the One, who saved us from death and hell? Should we not be even more devoted to Christ, who offered us eternal life freely? Do not shame your blessed Saviour. Be the Christian God has called you to be! Get stirred up about your great God and Saviour and serve Him with all of your heart.