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Blog 381: 8 Things Every Christian Needs to Do

On the crosswalk.com website, contributing editor Clarence L. Haynes Jr, on February 26, 2024 had published an article, 8 Things Every Christian Needs to Stop Doing Right Now. I want to turn those 8 negative prohibitions from that well-written article and turn them around into positive affirmations, so this blog is entitled, “8 Things Every Christians Needs to Do”.

1. Intentionally Work on Your Personal Relationship with the Lord. “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” –Mark 1:35. The main reason God saved you is because he wants to have a personal relationship with you. The only way for us to get to know anyone is to spend time with that person. So, spend time – daily – with the Lord. Intentionally. On purpose. Make sure you find time to spend with the Lord. You will be better for it in more ways than you realize.

2. Fill Your Mind with Good, Pure Thoughts. “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8) There is an old computer adage that says, “Garbage In Garbage Out” (GIGO). We must be careful of everything we allow our minds to feed on. Realize that those things we allow into our minds do shape our thoughts. Be intentional in what you watch and listen to.

3. Start Trying to Be Kingdom-Minded, and Aware of our Eternal Purpose. “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.” (1 John 2:15,16) Let’s be closer to God than we are to the world. The heart of being a Christian is not to look like the world, but to reflect Christ. What will draw people to Christ is when they see his character reflected in your life. Don’t be like the world, be like Jesus.

4. Be Forgiving and Kind. “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.” (Ephesians 4:32) Give Jesus a foothold, even control, in your life. While it may be true that things are not perfect in this world and that people will hurt you, I can assure you holding grudges, bitterness, and unforgiveness will not solve the problem. It will only make it worse. Choose the better course of action and be forgiving and kind.

5. Be a Lover of God’s Kingdom Stuff, Not of the Things Money Can Buy. “Then Jesus said to them, ‘Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.’” (Luke 12:15) It does not matter how much stuff a person accumulates in life; it will all pass away one day. In fact, when you are no longer here, someone else will enjoy your stuff. For this reason, don’t live for these things, but live for God’s unshakeable, everlasting Kingdom. Make your life about pursuing Christ and you will find the satisfaction you are looking for.

6. Be a Peacemaker, a Peaceable Person “Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.” (Philippians 2:14,15) Things will never be perfect. People are always going to mess up and make mistakes. In those times, God calls you to be a reconciler and a peacemaker, to be one who prays and works with others in and for unity.

7. Praise, Don’t Criticize, One Another in the Public Square. “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.”  (Matthew 18:15) Jesus has given us the proper way to manage our disagreements in Matthew 18. Please handle conflicts privately at first – not publicly. Here is one reason why. Because you represent Christ. As the world sees us getting along, its citizens will perhaps want to have something to do with your Lord and Saviour, Jesus.

8. Use Social Media for Good. “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”  (1 Peter 5:7) Social media is one of the greatest inventions of the 21st century. However, too many Christians share things that are destructive and not Christlike on social media. Don’t be like them! We should always be searching our hearts and never forget who we represent. We are Christ’s ambassadors and when we mess it up, it is his reputation at stake. So, let’s do things correctly as followers of Jesus!

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