The Normal Christian Life
Part of God’s plan is to strengthen you spiritually and then use you to strengthen others in their faith (Acts 15:36, 41). It’s necessary. “So the churches were strengthened in the faith and grew daily in numbers” (Acts 16:5, NIV).
To strengthen others, you need proven character and a certain level of Christian maturity. In at most four years, Timothy attained that level of maturity. Spiritual immaturity usually reflects a lack of effort. It’s easy to grow old without growing up spiritually. “In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food!” (Hebrews 5:12, NIV). I recommend working through His Power for Your Weakness (see the link below). Then, use it to strengthen others. It will take about nine months to complete this resource.
Paul took the gospel to those who had never heard it. He didn’t expect unbelievers to take the initiative. He went to them. So must you. That’s the normal Christian life. Most unbelievers won’t come to church to hear about Christ. You must take Christ to them in both word and deed. You’re God’s instrument in your sphere of influence. You’re never going to be perfect this side of glory, but your life must illustrate the gospel’s power to change lives. Others must trust you before they’ll listen to you. You build trust by showing them Christ’s love in a practical way. You do that best by meeting some need in their lives.
Paul concentrated on receptive persons. In every synagogue many God-fearing Gentiles were open to the message. Your greatest influence is on your friends, relatives, and associates. Who among them are most open to spiritual things? What need in their lives can you meet to demonstrate Jesus’ love?
Be tenacious yet gracious. You’ll face opposition. Don’t give up. Satan tried to disrupt Paul’s ministry. He used a demon-possessed girl who followed Paul crying, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved” (Acts 16:17). It sounded good. But she distracted from Paul’s message. When he cast the demon out of her (verse 18), opposition increased. Paul and Silas didn’t give up after they were beaten with rods and thrown into prison. Later, after being kicked out of town, they remained gracious. Your job is to make known God’s way of salvation graciously but tenaciously. Pass the gospel, please! Then, help those who receive Christ to grow up in their faith. That’s the normal Christian life.
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