I have heard it said that the bible is just a book of do and don’t. While this is not nearly the whole purpose of the bible, in affect, this is a true statement. The bible is our guide to God’s eternal plan for mankind, and it is certainly filled with what we can and can’t do. In the book of Genesis, when God planted the garden of Eden, He placed man therein, and his first “do” was to dress and keep the garden. Adam and Eve were allowed to eat freely of every tree of the garden, except one. Being forbidden to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good evil, was the first “don’t”.
When we become a Christian there are things that we will do, and things that we will not do. This week let us look at the things a Christian should and will do. First of all, a Christian will study God’s Holy Word as commanded, to know exactly what God would have him or her do and how He would have us to live (II Tim. 2:15). A Christian will do the will of the Father and always seek first the Kingdom of heaven (Matt. 6:33,7:21). God’s Holy Word teaches us to deny ungodliness and worldly lust, to live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world. A true Christian will not only be a seeker and hearer of God’s true law of liberty, but a doer also. All the while visiting the sick, the widows, and the orphans, bridling his own tongue and keeping himself unspotted from the world (Matt. 25:36,Titus 2:12,James 1:22-27).
We as Christians are to put on the whole armor of God that we may be strong in the Lord and the power of His might to do all that we can to withstand the wiles of the devil. Stand therefore, having your loins girt with the truth, having on the breastplate of righteousness, and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Above all taking the shield of faith, with which ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit, which is the Word of God. Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the spirit and watching with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints (Eph. 6:10-18).
As a Christian has opportunity, he will do good to all men, especially those of the household of faith, and treat everyone as he would want them to treat him. He will love the brethren fervently with a pure heart. Not only will he love his brethren and his neighbors, but he will love his enemies, bless and do good to them that hate him, and pray for them which despitefully use him and persecute him (Gal. 6:10, I Peter 1:22, Matt. 5:44, 7:12).
A Christian will glorify God in his body, which is the temple of the Holy Spirit and belongs to God who gave it. He will use his body to show those around him a pattern of good works and sound living, a shining light that glorifies the Father for all to see (Matt. 5:16, I Cor. 6:19-20, Titus 2:7-8). A Christian will strive to grow in grace and knowledge, that he may take the gospel of salvation to share with all the world (Mark 16:15,II Peter 3:18).
One might ask, why and for what purpose would a Christian do all these things? Because God has promised those who are faithful unto death, the salvation of their soul and a glorious crown of life, that will last for all eternity (IPeter 1:9,Rev. 2:10). Could there be a better reason as we live on this earth?
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 and Crittenden Drive church of Christ has graciously supplied us with a host of excellent guest speakers for the remaining weeks of the month and our song leader is Prentice White. 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.