Vol. 4, No. 4
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Most people are familiar with the Energizer Bunny. He is that annoying pink rabbit that continuously beats his drum and never stops moving. He is the symbol for the Energizer brand of batteries that seem to have never-ending power. This annoying rabbit should be an example for us. The Energizer Bunny never quits. Similarly, there are several things a Christian should never quit doing.
Christians should never tire of studying the Scriptures. Timothy is told in 2 Timothy 2:15, "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." In order to be approved by God, we must study his Word and know the Scriptures. The purpose of knowing the Scriptures is first to be able to divide the Word of truth from the words of false teachers. First Thessalonians 5:21 says, "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good." We should know the Scriptures well enough to know when someone is trying to lead us astray by false teachings. We should also not be afraid to look something up if we do not already know the answer. We should never take someone at his word, but rather search the Scriptures to prove that the teaching is from God or discern that it is from man. And, if it is proven to be from God, we should hold to it.
Second, we need to know the Scriptures so we are able to teach others when given opportunity. Second Timothy 4:2 tells us simply to, "Preach the Word." The only way to preach the Word is to first study the Word ourselves so we can know it and understand it. We cannot teach what we do not know. Do you have the Bunny inside, or do you tire of God's Word?
The prayers of a Christian should never stop. We are plainly commanded, "Pray without ceasing" (1 Thessalonians 5:17). We have the example of Daniel in chapter six, verse ten as he prayed three times daily, even though praying broke the laws of the land. Christ gives us his example by praying all night (Luke 6:12). In Luke 18:1, the words of our Lord tell us always to pray, but not to faint. "The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much" (James 5:16). Do you have the Bunny inside, or did you stop praying?
Our faith must go on and on. Hebrews 11:1 defines faith for us. "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Continuing in verse six we read, "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." God will ultimately reward the faithful with everlasting life in heaven (John 3:16). In order to diligently seek him, faith must be present. We are justified to God by faith through Jesus Christ. Through faith in Jesus Christ, we have access to the grace of God, which gives us the hope of heaven (Romans 5:1-2). "For we walk by faith, not by sight" (2 Corinthians 5:7). Walking by faith is to live our lives based on faith. Without faith, we cannot please him and he will not reward us. Do you have the Bunny inside, or is your faith lacking?
A Christian's love for the Father should be without end. First John 4:19 says, "We love him, because he first loved us." We know that God loves us because he gave us his only begotten son (John 3:16). To show God that we love him, we must keep his commandments (John 14:15). When asked which of the commandments was the greatest, "Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind" (Matthew 22:37). Loving God with all of our heart, soul and mind signifies complete love and devotion toward him. It signifies love that never ends. First Corinthians 13:13 places love above faith and hope. If we do not love God, it shows a lack of faith in him. Without faith, Christ will not know us. Without Christ, we have no hope of salvation. Do you have the Bunny inside, or did you stop loving God?
Christians should be known by their continuous work for God. Titus 2:7 says to show a pattern of good works. These works show our faith in God.
"Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works," James 2:17-18.
Without works, our faith is non-existent. Although they vary from person to person, God has given everyone abilities (1 Peter 4:11). The amount of work required by God is based on the amount of ability given to us by God. Luke 12:48 says that much will be required from those given much ability and little will be required from those given a lesser amount of ability. With how much ability did God bless each one of us? How much will be required from each one of us? We are not given finite answers to these questions. We each know what our abilities are. Therefore, we should look for opportunities to use those abilities. Keep James 4:17 in mind, "Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin." Seeing an opportunity to use our abilities and not doing so, would not be doing what is required. Just as the Energizer Bunny is known for continuous drumming and endless energy, Christians should be known for their continuous good works. Faith in God is reflected by our works. Do you have the Bunny inside, or did you forget about good works?
Recently, the Energizer Bunny received a new battery. Not because his old one was wearing out, but because a new and improved battery was developed. With this new battery, the Bunny now has more energy that lasts even longer. The bunny is now charged up and ready for anything.
Christians get their charge from edification. Edification is the building up of believers. Romans 15:19 says that Christians edify each other. God has given us teachers and preachers for the purpose of edifying Christians (Ephesians 4:11-12). We receive this edification when we gather to worship God. "How is it then, brethren? When ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying" (1 Corinthians 14:26). The text there deals with miraculous gifts, which we no longer have, as well as acts of worship. We edify one another when we sing, pray, teach, commune and give during our worship services.
When gathered together, we enjoy fellowship with each other. The early church practiced fellowship to the extent that they, "were together, and had all things common" (Acts 2:44). The only way to enjoy true fellowship is to, "walk in the light, as he is in the light" (1 John 1:7). Get charged through edification and fellowship with other Christians. "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching" (Hebrews 10:25). Do you have the Bunny inside, or are you neglecting the assembly of the Saints?
Do you have the Bunny inside? Never tire of studying the Scriptures. Let your prayers continue. Let your love for God go without end. Allow that love to develop faith that goes on and on. Show your faith by being known for continuous good works in the name of God. Finally, be the Better Bunny. Attend worship services as often as possible to be charged through fellowship and edification. Let your studying, prayer, love, faith, works and attendance outlast the energy of the Energizer Bunny. Be the best bunny that you can be!