THE ROLES A TRUE CHRISTIAN MUST PLAY: Romans 12:1-2
Last week, we studied on the problems that plague today's Christians and your duties in this world of pollution and mixtures. There is an urgent need for Christians to wake up to their responsibilities and stop creating confusions. There no longer exists a clear demarcation between most Christians and the rest of the world.
Let me ask you this question; are you a Thermometer Christian or a Thermostat Christian? Do you change the world around you or you end changing into the world around you? Ask yourself this morning. As we've seen so far, we as Christians are to represent God's glory to the world, and in doing this, there are many roles God expects us to play on earth. Let go a little further today by looking at the roles a true Christian should play:
1.You Are To Be A Man/Woman Of Great Faith. Hebrews 11:3, Romans 10:17 ,John 5: 14-15
In the bible, we hear many stories of great men of faith and men of great faith. As Christians, God has called us to function as men of great faith in the world. Faith is the basic foundation on which Christianity rests. Faith is the structure on which we stand as Christians; it is by faith that we can properly accept God's word through the Bible, through His servants and directly to our hearts. A Christian who doesn't walk in faith is like a man who doesn't know he's a human being and spends his life living like an animal. Another reason we need faith is because it is our prescribed means ofliving on the earth Habakkuk 2:7 says "Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: But the just shall live by his faith." Everything you need to fulfill your divine destiny to the fullest is already available for you. All you need to do is to reach out in faith and claim it. a look at how to acquire and develop our faith. Start putting faith into practice. Consider this, if you want to learn how to drive and all you do is spend your time reading the Theory of Driving, you'll never really know how to drive until you get out yourself and drive a car. So also, to develop your faith, you must learn to put everything you've heard into practice in your daily activities.
2.You are To Be A Minister Of The Gospel
To be a minster of the gospel doesn't necessarily mean you'll officially become a pastor, but like we saw in the previous chapter, every Christian was given the primary commission to win souls for Him, wherever they find themselves on the face of the earth. The descriptions of this role can be found in Matthew 28:19-20 and Mark 16:15-18. This point was dealt extensively with in the previous chapter.
3 .You Are To Be An Intercessor.Ephesians 6:18
No matter where you find yourself on the face of the earth, you must be ready to pray always. Prayer is the primary tool of communication with God for us as Christians and it's extremely important for you to develop your intercessory ability. As a Christian, it is your responsibility to intercede for your fellow Christians, church, family, friends, town, state, nation, and when God leads, people you don't even know. A good intercessor needs high spiritual stamina and the only way to get that stamina is by praying now. The more you engage in intercession, the stronger your 'intercessory muscles' develop. Don't spare yourself. Take intercession serious, you'll never know when a loved one needs your prayer urgently. And you really cannot give what you don't have.
4. YouAre To Be A Leader.
No matter what your position at church or at your place of work is, God has called you to lead in a capacity somewhere and sometime to a degree. You must remember that there is a difference between those who lead and those who are in leadership. Those who are in leadership have the title but may not necessarily be the ones leading everyone, but those who lead are those who have taken their development process serious and now have the capacity, spiritual wisdom, spiritual depth and sensitivity to lead others. In every situation, it's the man who knows what to do that will end up leading everyone else. How do you prepare yourself for leadership? Simple and straightforward: take your church membership serious. Don't shy away from any assignment given to you by your pastor, instead embrace it wholeheartedly. Effective followership of the leadership structure in your church ignites the fire ofleadership dormant in your heart.
5. You Are To Be A Soldier. Ephesians 6:10-18
We are at war. Christianity is an active warfare against the devil and his cohorts not a "Sunday Fashion Contest:' The devil hates you, he hates God and wants to ruin your life and the worst thing you can do as a soldier is to approach a battlefield unaware and unprepared for the war on ground. Sadly enough, this is how most of Christians are. Let us look at what Paul says in Ephesians 6 about warfare.
The key points from the above scripture are:
- You need to be prepared to stand against the wiles of the devil.
- We wrestle against principalities and powers not human beings.
- There would be an "evil day" when it seems like all hell just broke loose in your direction and you must be able to withstand in that day. To conduct spiritual warfare properly, you must arm yourself with
- the following things; truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, FAITH, salvation and God's word. All these things work hand in hand to help you effectively conduct spiritual warfare.
- Lastly, you must take your prayer life very serious. Develop the
- stamina to be able to pray for a long time by praying for long periods of time.
6. You Are To Be A Scholar
You must actively seek divine knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. The more scriptures you know and can use, the more effective your faith can be and the less likely the devil is to lie to you concerning something God had already said in the scriptures. The Bible says in Proverbs 23:23 "Buythe truth, and sellit not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding."
You must spend your money not only on clothes, food, etc. but on things that will edify and nourish your spirit such as Christian tapes, books, music. Also you must actively seek truth, wisdom, divine instruction and understanding. One way you can do this, that many Christians have overlooked for a long time, is the art of taking notes in Church. A lot of people take notes but like bad students, they never read them. Make a plan to go through all your sermon notes and refresh your mind and spirit with the truth that abounds in those notes.