encouragement side

"For to me to live is Christ..."

-Philippians 1:21

I just read a book in which the author stated, “The United States, with roughly 225 million Christians, is conventionally described as the largest Christian nation in the world”. At the same time, respected pollsters like Gallup and Barna tell us that the average so-called evangelical Christian in the United States is every bit as worldly, self-centered and immoral as anyone else. Apparently, many who call themselves Christian are not, and many who say they are Christian should not. A Christian can fall into any sin but to be characterized as no different from the lost of the world does nothing for the cause of Christ. Paul had an answer to this dilemma when he said, "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me…" May we all walk in the footsteps of Peter and John when those on the outside "began to recognize them as having been with Jesus." In the words of the hymn writer:

May His beauty rest upon me As I seek the lost to win,
And may they forget the channel, Seeing only Him.

May Christ live out His life in your life. Be encouraged!

References: The Global War on Christians, John L. Allen Jr; Galatians 2:20; Acts 4:13; Philippians 1:21; May the Mind of Christ, My Savior, Kate B. Wilkinson