HOW CHRISTIANS SHOULD LIVE (1)
SOUGHTOUT EMEKA MATTHEW
Christianity is a far beyond what it is being tagged. Many see it as religion. Some sees is as just mere followers of Christ; but few sees it as a lifestyle.
Life is not just about what we have; but about how we should live. Live is a call for action and that action is to live it. If life is giving to you, it is your obligation to live it well. And to live it well, you need to live it with the provided instrumentalities.
Before I proceed with sharing with us the provided instrumentalities to live your life well as Christian, let’s examine some vital things the Bible teaches about life. This we can learn from the Greek word for to live.
The Greek word for LIVE is pronounced Zaō or Dzah’-o which implies:
Breathe or be among the living
to enjoy real life,
to have true life and worthy of the name active, blessed, endless in the kingdom of God,
to live, i.e. pass life, in the manner of the living and acting of mortals or character, living water, having vital power in itself and exerting the same upon the soul.
Metaphorically, it is to be in full vigour, to be fresh, strong, and efficient as active, powerful, and efficacious.
Life is beyond breathe we have in us. It is meant for us to live or enjoy it. For Christians to enjoy real life, have true life which is worthy of the name active, blessed, endless in the kingdom of God, be powerful, efficacious, and efficient, we have to live:
- BY FAITH:
Habakkuk 2:4 says, Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.
Every Christian has faith. Our faith was given to us at the point we are exposed to hearing the word of God for the first time in our lives as sinners. Romans 10:17 says, So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
When you are privileged to hear the word of God and failed to act upon the word you hears, you are rejecting the faith God gives for your salvation, healing, etc. By so doing, you are rejecting the real life, the true life, worthy of the name active, blessed, endless in the kingdom of God, be powerful, efficacious, and efficient for Jesus who you are called to be His follower.
Romans 12:3 says that “…God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” We all have a certain degree of faith given to us. Now you are a just person or justified by God, you are obliged to live by your faith which God has bestowed or given to you.
If you truly have faith in you, you shouldn’t be ashamed of the Gospel of Christ that brought salvation of God to your life. You shouldn’t be ashamed of the gospel of Christ which not only brought Gods salvation to your life; but the righteousness of God. So, as a just, live by faith. Yes, life by that faith God has given to you.
The Apostle Paul testified in Romans 1:16-17, For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
To live by faith is to live a crucified life. To live by faith is to no longer live by yourself; but to have Christ live in you. And to live by faith is to live by the faith of Jesus who loved you and sacrificed His precious life on the cross for you.
The Apostle Paul testified in Galatians 2:20, I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
It is crucial to know that no man is justified in the sight of God by the law rather by faith. The law is not of faith (See Galatians 3:12) and neither is faith of law.
Faith justifies a sinner, makes him or her the just and obliges him or her to live by same faith by which he or she is justified.
Galatians 3:11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
When the just fails to live by faith, it is seen as sin. When Christian lives faithless life, it is as clear as living in sin. The Bible teaches that anything that is not of faith is sin. Romans 14:23 confirms,“…for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.”
Faithlessness is unbelief. It is a sin. It can take you away from God and it won’t allow you to enjoy the real life, the true life, worthy of the name active, blessed, endless in the kingdom of God, be powerful, efficacious, and efficient for Jesus who you are called to be His follower.
Hebrews 3:12 enjoins us saying, Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
Finally to live by faith, we need to follow the steps of Abraham, our father of faith. Faith is not about walking by sight, (See 2 Corinthians 5:7). Faith is about maintaining positive attitude amidst challenges STANDING ON the unchanging word of God and the unfailing God.
You still have to bear in mind that there is no challenge without divine promise to exercise our faith on and the God who can do all things if we live by same Spirit of faith as His.
When we live by faith, the faith God has given to us, He keeps counting it as righteousness. Abraham is a proof to this fact. Let’s read about him:
Romans 4:12-22 says, And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised. For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect: Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression. Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.
Having seen the steps of our father Abraham, let’s proceed as Christians with living by faith.
To be continue!