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TDB0007: Practical Christianity

Acts 11:
26 And they assembled there a whole year with the church, and taught many people; And the disciples were called Christians for the first time in Antioch.

Commentary

Some time ago, I saw in the news that woman say: Christians only have to be Christians on Sundays but I keep my religion 24/7. This was said without any refutation of the interviewer, nor more comments, but I was completely angry with that statement. Is being a Christian a Sunday task? Maybe it is in services? Or maybe after work when you are alone? Obviously this woman had observed the behavior of some “Christians” to reach that conclusion.

Many churches have become social clubs that meet on Sundays in a temple, and after the sermon we go home and not listen, mention, or inquire of God until next Sunday. Such Christians think that because they once recited the “prayer of salvation” (which in itself is not biblical) they have already fulfilled all that they must fulfill, and are worthy to bear the name of Christ. The Christian life is not a half-life. It is not doing what one wants, but the desire of God; It is not to make their own decisions, but to consult with God; It is not to dedicate a moment to God, but to be dedicated to Him at all times. We understand that we are saved not by works but by faith in Christ, but he who loves God obeys his commandments, in this we really know if we love God. Go and preach the gospel, it is a commandment, not a suggestion, but are we fulfilling this or have we agreed that it is not appropriate to speak of God at all times? Paul says:

2 Corinthians 4: 3 But if our gospel is still hidden, among those who are lost it is covered up.

In Antioch, Christians were called the disciples for the first time. This was not a coincidence, but it was evident that they preached of a Christ who had risen, and these fervent ones followed and obeyed the commandments every day. Being a Christian was a way of life, a way of life for the disciples in such a way that they lived for Christ and would obviously die for him. This Christian life was not secondary to anything but the main thing, and this has not changed. As we compare our life to that of the disciples and martyrs, John, beheaded, Paul too, Peter crucified, Polycarp burned alive; The book of the Hebrews tells us the horrific history of the early church under Roman persecution, such suffering is only endured by those who are Christians, who see in Christ their very life, knowing that the one who loses it by Christ will find it and those  whom wants to save their life will lose it.  some however do not want to lose being accepted by everyone, much less their jobs, much less their lives.

Written by Robert Pool
translated by Bruno Smith

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