~ Can You Describe Christianity in Just 4 Words? ~
There are a number of ways to describe authentic Christianity. One of my favorite four-word descriptions is: Admit > Submit > Commit > Transmit
Admit~Christianity begins with admitting that you are a sinner and that you need a Savior—you cannot remedy yourself. Did you ever try to literally pull yourself up by your bootstraps? “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me’” (John 14:6). You are a sinner! Jesus is the only Savior!
Submit~Authentic Christianity continues with submission to His Lordship. When you recognize that He is your Creator and He has your best interests as His goal, your submission should not be hard. “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46). “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). Can you not trust the small details of your life to the One who created you?
Commit~The previous step of submission naturally turns to committing yourself to the direction of the Holy Spirit in all aspects of your life. You want, and seek, God’s direction for all aspects of your life. “And do not be drunk with wine [controlled by wine], in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit [controlled by the Spirit], speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,submitting to one another in the fear of God” (Ephesians 5:18-21). Why not allow God to make your life the best it can be?
Transmit~One of the inevitable results of the earlier steps is intimate fellowship with God. God has declared that all of His children are to be His witnesses on earth. Witnesses tell what they are excited about because of personal direct experience. A witness transmits valuable information to others. Someone put it this way, “It’s one beggar telling another beggar where they can find bread.” I like this analogy. Remember that Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst” (John 6:35-36). “And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him” (Acts 5:32). Are you excited enough about what God has done in your life to tell others? If not, why not?
additional thought: If you are not as close to God as you once were, who do you think moved?
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