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Vol.  10  No. 2 February 2008  Page 15
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Tim Childs

Now That I Am a Christian

By Tim Childs

    Now that I have “tasted that the Lord is gracious,” I will intensely crave “the sincere milk of the word” so I may continue to grow spiritually (1 Peter 2:2-3; Matthew 5:6). I must remember that when I am young and weak in the faith, I am in a vulnerable stage of my development. Satan wants to steal the Word out of my heart, or otherwise render me unable to produce fruit for God (cf. Matthew 13:18-23). Jesus said, “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples” (John 15:8). I must remember it is the Word of God that brought me to this point, and it is the Word of God that will move me along in my spiritual development and fortify my faith (2 Timothy 3:14-17).

    Now that I have learned of God’s love for me, I want to love him back and prove my love for him (John 3:16; 1 John 4:19). I am able to demonstrate my love for God by drawing nearer to him as James instructs his readers to do in his epistle (James 4:8). Further, I will seek his counsel, walk in it, and obey his Son (John 14:15), whom he has made Lord (Acts 2:36), and the Head of the church (Ephesians 1:22-23). I will not be deceived by satisfaction in hearing only. I will be a doer of the Word (James 1:22).

    Now that I am washed, sanctified and justified through Jesus’ blood in his offering of Himself, I will no longer engage in any works of the flesh such as fornication, adultery or homosexuality (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). Since I have been bought with a price, I do not own myself. I now belong to God (1 Corinthians 6:15-20). I must refuse any temptation to abuse God’s grace by continuing in a lifestyle of sin. I am now dead to sin, but alive to God’s power of righteousness (Romans 6:1-2). Any sin or work of the flesh that keeps me from being solely under the power and influence of Jesus Christ is something I must put away from self. This also includes beverage alcohol and illegal substances. Through the Gospel, God will empower me to overcome all forms of sin and vice so that sin no more has dominion over me (Romans 6:14). Now that I have learned that my sins put Jesus on the cross, I will not crucify him over and over again and put him to shame (Hebrews 6:6; Isaiah 53:6).

    Now that I know God has revealed himself not only through nature, but through the Holy Scriptures and that He alone is worthy of praise and honor, I will assemble together with God’s children upon the first day of the week to worship him “in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24; Hebrews 10:25). I will worship him in view of the fact that He seeks true worshippers and with a knowledge that we tend to become like that which we worship.

    Now that I know that Heaven awaits those who love God, who befriend his Son and follow him in truth and righteousness, I will follow him in fighting the good fight of faith every day of my life. I will pursue Heaven’s gate with vigor (Hebrews 11:10).

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