Christians Must “Be”

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”  (Josh 1:9)

Our kids can tell you because most of them have been there. Football season has finally arrived, we have some who play football for Pell City, and some who play for JCA, we have some who are in school football and some who play park ball. The time of year is here where football games begin, and most began just this past week.  While some play other sports, this is the time of year our football players have waited for. They have practiced for months.. They must “be” here for practice, and “be” there for games. They must ‘be” prepared to play at any time should a player be injured or the need be there for them. The option to “be” prepared is really not an option If they want to continue to play. They must always “be” on guard.

The bible is clear on some things that each Christian must “be”. Just like football, these things are not optional. It has never been the option for the Christian to be wishy washy in these things. There are so many that we could name, but let’s look at a few:

The Christian must “be” prepared:  I heard when I was a kid that “proper preparation prevents poor performance”. Matthew chapter twenty five details the story of the wise and foolish virgins. The amazing part of this story details that those who were prepared at the coming of the bridegroom and those who were not. We should be prepared to teach the Gospel to others (Mark 16:15-16), to answer others concerning the hope within us (1 Pet 3:15) and prepared for every good work (Titus 3:1)

The Christian must “be” watchful:   Peter writes that we are to be “sober, be vigilant, for your adversary the devil walks about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour” (1 Pet 5:10). We are constantly reminded of the “schemes” the devil can throw at us, and Christians must always be on guard against the devices of the devil, and Paul gives the ever present reminder that we are to not be as others, but we are to be watchful (1 Thess 5:6).

The Christian must “be” engaged: There are few things which are worse than a co worker who will not pull their share of the load. The saying goes that a chain as only as strong as it’s weakest link, and the Christian is expected to be engaged in the work of the church.  John penned the words of Jesus in Revelation 3:16 that “because you are neither cold nor hot I will vomit you out of my mouth”. Warnings are given against idleness all throughout the word of God, and the Christian is not to grow “weary” while doing good (Gal 6:9), and I can think of nothing better than to be engaged in the work of the church.

Ande Z