Consequences For Christians
Are Opportunities To Grow
Let’s start with a question. What do Christians talk about most, when they discuss their spiritual lives?
It’s a good question, and I have no hard evidence to prove my answer, but the conversations I’ve witnessed firsthand are a bit introspective, revolving mostly around personal issues like:
- Am I a Christian?
- How can I know I really did what is necessary to become a Christian?
- How can I be sure that I’m still a Christian now?
And so on.
The focus is inward, not outward or onward. It’s the proverbial all-about-me, in-the-moment mindset.
The Philippian jailer expressed it well:
What must I do to be saved (become a Christian)? (Acts 16:30)
He, of course, had a very good reason for asking the question. But as far as we know, he never asked again. He didn’t repeatedly harangue Paul for reassurance.
Today things are different. People often ask over and over and over again, “how can I be saved” or “Am I really saved” or “How can I really be sure?” The question is overworked. [Read more…]