Become A Great Christian

“The one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous.” 1 John 3:7 (NASB)

Adoniram Judson, the first U.S. missionary, sailed to Burma (now Myanmar) in 1812 and served there for almost forty years. His story is one of many accomplishments as well as much heartache. One of the most memorable narratives of Judson takes place during his imprisonment. A caged lion was locked up with the prisoners. After it starved to death, Judson asked permission to reside inside the lion’s cage, and his captors consented. I can’t imagine how horrendous his cell must have been for him to prefer living in a lion’s cage.

Recently Dr. Jerry Cain, former President of Judson College, visited our church. Dr. Cain recounted the story of Adoniram Judson. He explained that within the first fourteen years of his ministry, Judson lost his children and his first wife. This, accompanied by other stressors, sent him into a depression. “However,” Dr. Cain told us, “in the midst of his depression, he maintained translating twenty verses [of the Bible] a day, whether he felt like it or not. We have a Burmese Bible because he stuck to it.” Then Dr. Cain cautioned us, “Don’t live by feelings, but by commitments.”

This reminded me of something my husband said to me. “We become great Christians by being a Christian.” In other words, we need to do what is right because it’s right, whether we feel like it or not. It’s a choice. It is not dependent upon a good attitude or a perfect track record. However, it requires self-discipline, consistency, and determination. All of these are obtained and strengthened by exercising them.

I used to sing a song by Pam Thum entitled, “In the Middle of It All.” The chorus of the song sums it up well.

In the middle of it all
In the middle of the darkest night
Lift your head and tell your heart
To walk by faith and not by sight
In the middle of it all
There’s a loving God that’s holding out his hand
If you reach for Him, he’ll catch you when you fall
In the middle of it all

Do you find it difficult to continue exercising your faith when you don’t feel like it?
Do you rely on God’s strength and His fruit of the spirit (specifically: faithfulness and self-control) to practice righteousness?

walk by faith

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2 thoughts on “Become A Great Christian

  1. This is timely for me; it is something that the Lord has been speaking to me about lately. Good things to think on. Thank you for sharing.

    Thank you also for your kind review for my book on Amazon. I appreciate you taking the time to read it and post your thoughts! 🙂

    Blessings,
    Karen

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