After 47 years of being a disciple of Jesus Christ, a Pastor and a studied observer of Christian’s lives up close and personal in the church, having read and studied the research on Christian’s personal habits and choices, I have discovered one indisputable fact. The vast majority of Christians are extremely lackadaisical and haphazard in their faith. As a result they suffer greater emotional, mental, and family difficulties because of their anemic faith. Just look up the word lackadaisical and its synonyms and you will understand exactly what I mean. The vast majority of Christians are primarily just talk. To quote God from the ancient scriptures, “These people honor me with their lips but their hearts are far from me.”
Authentic Christian discipleship is rigorous and demanding.
If you willingly embrace it, ordering your life around it, you will find an abundance of real life and stability. You will discover deep meaning in following Jesus Christ and a depth in your life and experience you have never known before.
These are the disciplines of rigorous faith and Christian discipleship.
Each one has tremendous meaning and direct implications for you. Be sure to grasp the implications and meaning of each for your personal life. The daily pursuit and practice of these is the meaning of rigorous faith!
THE DISCIPLINED PURSUITS OF RIGOROUS FAITH
DELIGHT IN GOD
THINK LIKE PHIL.4:8
REJOICE IN GOD
REMEMBER THE GOSPEL
If you pursue and practice this kind of rigorous faith, I can promise 3 things. It will change and transform your life. It will greatly impact your marriage. It will have a great impact on your children and their desire to know and follow Jesus Christ.
I urge you on God’s behalf: choose rigorous faith!