Some who profess to be Christians do so in name only. Some serve the Lord part time, in their spare time, some occasionally, some rarely, and some not at all. Being a Christian is not a part time affair, it is a full time commitment, or it amounts to nothing. Jesus says in Matthew 16:24-26, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me. For whosoever will save his life will lose it, and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” If we are not living for the Lord full time, then we are not living for the Lord at all. Two hours on Sunday morning, then forget it, simply won’t get it.
When Jesus Christ willingly left His heavenly abode, to live on this earth among men, He didn’t come here to do a half way job. His purpose was not to save some men, some of the time. His total existence, was to offer salvation to all men, with forgiveness for all their sins to avoid the death we all deserved. He was willing to die that terrible death on the cross to pay the full ransom for all the sins of all men, for all time. When we put on Christ through baptism, we must likewise die to the ways of this world (Gal. 3:27). When we emerge from that watery grave of baptism, we arise a new creature, never more to walk in the sinful ways of the world. Since Christ through love, gave himself totally for us, then it stands to reason we should, through love, commit our lives totally to Him (II Cor. 5: 14-17). With the exception of Jesus Christ, we know that all men have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. We can only be justified by His grace through the redemption found in Christ Jesus. (Rom. 3:23-24). What we can do, is endeavor to please the Father, by continuously striving for perfection, all the while asking His forgiveness for our many shortcomings.
God promises us the unsearchable riches of Christ (Eph. 3:8), rest unto our weary soul, with only a light burden on our part (Matt. 11:28-30). Lastly, but not least, Jesus himself tells us of the many mansions that are being prepared for us in the Father’s house. Not that only, but He makes a solemn promise to return and take us there to live with Him, forever (John 14:2-3). This eternal promise is made to those who love Him and keep His commandments, on a full time basis, until death overtakes us (John 14:23, Rev. 2:10). The Lord and His Word are sure and unchanging, with no provisions made for part time Christians. “For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and quick to discern the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Heb. 4:12-13) We cannot deceive the Lord, for He knows every thought of our hearts. Then let us keep the faith full time, that we may have the assurance of a crown of righteousness on that great and notable, final day of judgment (II Tim 4:7-8).
We invite all who would, to come together with us each Sunday morning at Kedron on the Coopertown Road, Russellville, Kentucky, to worship God in spirit and in truth. We neither add to God’s word or take from it. Bible study at 10:00 and Worship at 11:00. Brother Richard Sitz speaks on the first Sunday of each month, Crittenden Drive Church of Christ has graciously supplied us with a host of exceptional guest speakers for the remaining weeks of the month and Prentice White is our very capable song leader. We invite one and all to come visit with us and be uplifted by these fine presentations of the “Good News” of God’s Holy Word.