Three evangelists were discussing best positions for prayer as a telephone repairman worked above them.
One claimed that kneeling is the best.
“No” another refuted. “Standing with arms outstretched to heaven gives me best results.”
“You’re all wrong ” the third insisted. “The most effective is lying face down on the floor.”
Unable to contain himself any longer the repair man interrupted, “Hey guys, the best praying I ever did was hanging upside down from a telephone pole.”
Isn’t it funny? But this joke clearly distinguishes between a Christ centred christian and a religion centred christian. What is Christianity to you? Is Christianity a good lifestyle? What makes it good to inculcate in your life? Let’s have a look.
Today people are motivated by their quest of money, pleasure, families, goals. And what you centre your life on becomes your god. As a christian you are to live a lifestyle that pleases God. Let’s see some basic ways to do that.
● Faith. Hebrews:11 gives an in depth explanation on the importance of faith. It is by faith that you become a christian and by faith you live out your christianity.
●Death to self. In Galatians 2:20 Paul tells the Galatians that he has died with Jesus so he no longer exists but Jesus lives in him. You are to die to your Self will and embrace God ‘s Will for your life.●Repentance. No one is perfect. Even as a seasoned christian you may stamble into sin. Repentance brings about santification. This brings us to our next point.
●Faith without actions is dead. James 2:24 says ” You see then that it is by our actions that we are put right with God and not by our faith alone.” Acts of love and immitation of Jesus’ character is key.
Based on keeping the law and not love. The pharisees were a good example of this.
In conclusion,every year , we make new years resolutions, we search far and wide for the latest diet tips, how to live a healthy lifestyle and forget all about our faith.