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January 13, 2020, 2:04 PM

Half a Christian?


God is looking for a heartfelt and sincere relationship from believers.  A question to ponder is, can you be a “half Christian”? The answer is no. John Wesley wrote, “of the absolute impossibility of being half a Christian; and I determined, through His grace, to be all devoted to God, to give Him all my soul, my body, and my substance” (Wesley). Furthermore, Luke writes, “whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters” (Luke 11:23 NIV).

As you sit back and ponder that thought, reflect on God’s goodness and mercy… God has given us life, and God has provided away for everlasting life. In this God the creator, truly cares for the creation.

The world can be a pretty “appealing” place for many, and the things of this world can draw you towards them, however the enemy is a tricky little devil and works to seduce you through the things of this world. James writes, “you adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefor, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God” (James 4:4 NIV).

We must remember that even though we are in this world, as Christians we are not of this world. We are called to be separated from the desires of this world and to live a Christ filled, and Christlike life.

God has blessed us with a life full of blessings, a life that God has purposed us with and a call to worship. With the thought of being “half of a Christian” it is not only impossible, but why would anyone even desire to be “half a Christian”? As Wesley says, we should desire to give Him our all we should be devoted and determined, through His grace, to give everything that is within us (Wesley).

I want to encourage you that it is currently not to late, not to late to choose to surrender you to Him. Give Him your all, everything that is within you. An anonymous author once wrote, “if you are not of the solution, you are a part of the problem”. We as Christians have a mission from God, and that mission is to reach a lost world for Jesus.

 

Pastor Jonathan W. Pannell III


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