Are you actively engaged as a Christian? Christianity does not end with salvation; rather it’s a journey, which continues till you go to meet with the Lord. So, while you’re alive on earth you must be an active Christian. This post gives you 5 important reasons why you should be an active Christian.
Many Christians are not active in the kingdom of God. Truly, they have received Christ as their Lord and Savior, and that’s all. As such, they’re not vessels of honor in the house of God and are not available for God to use them. Rather, they’re the people you consider as bench warmers in the church. These come to church to feed only and go home, without making any impact or contribution to another person’s life. Yet, God says that we should occupy till He comes (Luke 19:13)
And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come – Luke 19:13 (NKJV).
What Does It Mean to Be an Active Christian?
This is to actively occupy yourself serving God, in full capacity as endowed on you by the Lord. This means representing the Father anywhere you find yourself, in words and action. Also, it’s to be the Master’s hand and legs on earth, ready to do whatever or go wherever He tells you. Again, it’s to be His agent winning souls into the kingdom. And you’re to do these not as convenient but as needed or demanded. As such active Christianity is to occupy yourself with God’s business till He comes or calls you home.
5 IMPORTANT REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD BE AN ACTIVE CHRISTIAN
- You’re a worker in God’s business on earth
God is running a time-limited business of soul-winning on earth and He has recruited every believer into this business. And all you need to qualify is to receive Jesus Christ as your Savior. And as a business, He expects profits in form of multiples of saved souls. So, any Christian that is not profitable is in danger of being thrown into the outer darkness
And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth – Matthew 25:30 (NKJV).
- Faith without works is dead
You can be saved and do nothing in the kingdom of God. And just believing in God does not make you any different from unbelievers. For they also believe in God; even the devil believes too and trembles. So, what differentiates us Christians from unbelievers is our faith with works. As such, you prove that you have faith in God by being an active Christian; otherwise, your faith is dead.
But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe and tremble! For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also – James 2:18-19, 26 (NKJV).
- It’s the number one priority of a Christian
Christ commanded that we seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. And this is to serve the Lord and the interest of His kingdom. So, you are expected to make serving God your number one priority in life. And He did promise that every other thing will add up to you as you do so. Therefore, make being an active Christian of paramount importance in your life.
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you – Matthew 6:33 (NKJV).
- To bear fruits that will abide
Jesus Christ chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruits that will abide. That you may receive whatever you ask the Father in Christ’s name. And you can only bear fruits and then cause them to abide if you’re active. This is because it entails sharing the gospel of Jesus with people, and following them up till they’re strong in Christ. So, if you want to bear fruits that will abide you must grow into an active Christian.
You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you – John 15:16 (NKJV).
- To be found as a faithful servant
As a worker in God’s business on earth, you have the assignment to do certain things while Christ tarries. And He expects to see you at your duty post serving faithfully by the time He returns. This is surely only if you’re active as a Christian.
Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing – Matthew 24:45-46 (NKJV).
If you’re an active Christian, let your service be acceptable before God. Otherwise, it will be a wasted endeavor. Therefore, make your service as unto the Lord and not unto man, in season and out of season. So, serve the Lord with all your heart, soul, body, strength, resources and everything of yours. Also, serve Him with godly fear and perfect heart, that He may receive your service and reward you accordingly.
And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ – Colossians 3:23-24 (NKJV).
Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching – 2 Timothy 4:2 (NKJV).
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear – Hebrews 12:28 (NKJV).
And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, but not with a perfect heart – 2 Chronicles 25:2 (KJV).
God truly is a rewarder of them that serve Him. And in Exodus 23:25-26, He summarized the blessings of serving Him. These include financial blessings, total health, fruitfulness and long life. That is for being an active Christian, God will bless you all-round and give you long life to enjoy the blessings.
So, you shall serve the LORD your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you. No one shall suffer miscarriage or be barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days – Exodus 23:25-26 (NKJV).
So, considering the 5 important reasons why you should be an active Christian, it’s vital that you become one. It’s not enough being a believing Christian; you need to grow into an active Christian. This will multiply the disciples of Christ greatly and at the same time provoke God’s blessings upon your life. Truly, it pleases the Lord when we partner with Him to save souls. And no one who serves Him acceptably goes unnoticed. Therefore, strive to ensure that God finds you as a faithful and wise servant in His kingdom.
Article by Ngozi Nwoke. Published by permission from faithwriters.com Ngozi Nwoke is a teacher, counselor, and author of “Peace Money Can’t Buy” and “The Man Jesus”. She has a passion to teach people how to enjoy peace, God’s love, and Christian living for a more fulfilling life. Want a more fulfilling life? Subscribe for free email updates today. Article Source: http://articles.faithwriters.com/reprint-article-details.php?article=41364