WHO AM I ADDRESSING?
The subject of ‘How to live the Christian Life’, occupies the ministers of God’s word in their capacity as Pastor, Minister, Padre, Teacher or whatever job description they choose for themselves.
The ‘How to’ covers the outworking of thoughts, words and deeds, rather than just the ‘academic’ aspect of bible study, which is not what it is all about.
God gives His word to change us.
To live the Christian life, is – in the eyes of most fair-minded people – to do with being good.
You profess to be a Christian – you therefore, it is assumed – profess to be good.
However “I’m a good person”, can be an oft repeated phrase from the mouths of Christians or non-Christians, alike. It would take another post to expound and examine the scripture that tells us: They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.”
Christian Blog posts offer encouragement in this ‘How to live the Victorious Christian Life’ endeavour, i.e. how to live as a Christian should.
How to overcome life’s problems, how to have confidence, how to think positively, how to handle adversity, overcome fear, share the faith – one could continue the list of topics. All relevant to Victorious Christian Living.
Prophesying as described in the New Testament must include edification, exhortation and comfort. (I Corinthians 14/3)
And who doesn’t need those?
Christian writing attempts to edify the believer, exhort them to better things, and provide the comfort that the Christian needs in an alien environment, where Christianity is mis-understood and maligned out-of-hand.
However, there is a saying about ‘putting the cart before the horse’. And I sometimes question that when it comes to Christian posting this can happen.
I have asked myself the question when posting: ‘Who am I addressing?’ And of course it is, in one sense, a limited audience, and we cannot answer the question exactly.
But it does need to be stated that Christian teaching apart from the preaching of the message of ‘Salvation through Christ’, is not always for everyone.
By that I mean that children in Primary school are not taught adult themes, unless the teachers are mis-guided and unwise.
There is ‘growth level’ to be considered, before many subjects can be approached. If a child asks an adult-themed question, then of course paring-it-down to their level, without too much incomprehensible detail, should be done.
Rather than dismissing the subject and rejecting the child’s genuine enquiry. This calls for wisdom of the first order.
So when handing-out different exhortations to Christians, it might be fair to ask: ‘who is listening in?’
The Christian life can be lived on a natural plain, by good-living people. Humanists perhaps claim to be just as good as any Christian, and they don’t see the need for all the ‘super-spiritual’ stuff.
So what do they do with the teaching on ‘how to live’ from the Bible?
Leave out the supernatural aspect of Christianity and there is nothing left.
I can teach you ‘person of the planet’, alive and well on planet earth guy or gal, how to live a morally correct life, without you being a Christian!
But what a contradiction! I’m simply informing your humanist quest for good or moral living. Appealing to your sense of moral fair-play, but in all of this you remain an unbeliever, relying on your own self-effort and attempts to – be good, overcome, be positive, fulfil your dreams, be confident – all of this can be equally un-Christian as Christian, for one reason only:
You have not yet received, encountered, met or had a revelation of Jesus Christ.
So who is my audience? To whom do I address my posts? To whom are Christian posts directed?
To stand a chance of getting what is said, there must be what the scripture talks of as a starting point, a place of first principle(s):
Referring to Christians who should have matured more than they had – the writer says:
12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food…
First is first – we can’t benefit as we should from all the other principles ie. the second, third, fourth, fifth, and so on principle, until we have embraced the first principles of repentance from dead works and faith in Christ as Saviour.
The good news is however, that the work of conversion to Christ is not the work of man’s hand, but God’s. That means He has His own way of feeding your mind with truth, and there is no set formula, or learnt mantra that you must possess in order to grasp the things of God.
There is a progression, as there is in most things, but if you get chapter six read-to- you in a book, without the first five chapters, you may in fact still get the gist of what is being written, ie. get an idea of the story.
God can use any Christian teaching to penetrate the human heart, and there will be something, even though addressed to Christians, something in there, that He can use, to bring you to Himself. So I encourage you to read Christian posts.
But coming to first things first we read in the bible:
For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,
Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Dogmatic as this may seem to the unbeliever – it is true-truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Get this and your understanding begins to flower in the things of God and Christianity.
Those Christian blogs then begin to address you as a believer who has a relationship with the one who has the words of eternal life.
I pray for blessings in your quest to find Him.