Are You a Committed Christian?
“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” (2 Corinthians 13:5)
Philippians 4 gives us six characteristics of of real Christian living.
Ôû¼ A Committed Christian Has Stability of Character
ÔÇ£Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved..ÔÇØ (Philippians 4:1)
Ôû¼ A Committed Christian Rejoices in the Lord
ÔÇ£Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, RejoiceÔÇªÔÇØ (Philippians 4:4)
Ôû¼ A Committed Christian is Always Praying
ÔÇ£Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ JesusÔÇªÔÇØ┬á┬á(Philippians 4:6-7)
Ôû¼ A Committed Christian Controls Their Thoughts
ÔÇ£Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these thingsÔÇªÔÇØ┬á┬á(Philippians 4:8)
Ôû¼ A Committed Christian has Contentment in the Heart
ÔÇ£Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer needÔÇªÔÇØ (Philippians 4:11-12)
Ôû¼ A Committed Christian Has a Fruitful Life
“Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.“┬á(Philippians 4:15-17)
An analysis of the six characteristics of a committed christian reveals what Christianity can really do in the hearts and lives of men.
Adapted from outline by Tom Holland, Reason to Rejoice, pg. 93-96