October 20, 2010

The Boldness of Faith

I believe it is time for Believers to take their Christianity and faith outside the sanctuary walls.  Christianity is not a religion but a relationship with Jesus Christ and all who have accepted salvation through Him.  Once we accept Christ as our Lord, we cannot separate our faith from who we are.  Colossians 1:18 says, “And He is the head of the body, the church.”  The head and the body make up the whole person and cannot be separated.  Neither can we separate who we are from the Lord Jesus.

Philippians 1:27, 28 (AMP) says, “Only be sure as citizens so to conduct yourselves [that] your manner of life [will be] worthy of the good news (the Gospel) of Christ, so that whether I [do] come and see you or am absent, I may hear this of you: that you are standing firm in united spirit and purpose, striving side by side and contending with a single mind for the faith of the glad tidings (the Gospel). And do not [for a moment] be frightened or intimidated in anything by your opponents and adversaries, for such [constancy and fearlessness] will be a clear sign (proof and seal) to them of [their impending] destruction, but [a sure token and evidence] of your deliverance and salvation, and that from God.” 

Notice the Apostle Paul is encouraging us to stand firm in united spirit and purpose, declaring and living out our faith where all may see it.  He also challenges us to stand together in defense of our faith.  He then goes on to warn us that opposition and persecution will come when we truly live and declare our faith openly.  The key is to not be intimidated and fall back but to stand strong for your faith in Christ.  This boldness of faith then becomes a witness to the world and a reassurance of your relationship with the Lord.

As Christians, we must enter into the arena of discussion and conflict that is going on in the world.  At this moment in time politics, religion, philosophy, and international conflicts fill the media.  Where are the Christians?  What is the Church doing in this hour?  We as Believers must begin to engage in the discussions and do so with wisdom and knowledge.  We must know what the Word of God says and know who we are in Christ.  We must be confident in our walk with God and not ashamed of our Lord and faith.  We cannot wear our feelings on our sleeves and we must not be easily offended or discouraged.  We must walk in love, live our faith, and let the world know that Jesus has their answers.

When the great body of Christ, the Church of the living Lord Jesus gets back involved with the everyday affairs of life and takes its faith out into life, revival will come.