“For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace…so then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God…and if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness…for as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” (Romans 8:6, 8, 10, 14)
The Truth in God's Word
As a Christian, I believe these words to be God’s Word and that they’re true. I’m saved and know with certainty that I will be going to Heaven when I die. However, life always gets in the way and we need to start fresh with each new day. With the busyness and stress that is part of our lives, many times we lose sight of the fact that our mission in life as Christians is to daily follow the Lord as He leads us and also to share the Gospel.
The Live Dead Christian Movement
I recently heard Missionary Steve Pennington speak about the Live Dead Christian movement. His words made me think about how I’m living my life as a Christian. Am I truly sold out to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ? Am I living each day with God’s glory or mine, in mind? Are my goals the same as God’s goals for my life? “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Phil. 1:21)
The term “Live Dead” sounds contradictory but there is definitely meaning behind it. “I will live if you will die.” The meaning behind this philosophy is that when we die to self, and serve God completely we can be used by God to share the Gospel. There are people groups in this world that have never heard the Gospel, not even once, and they may never hear the good news. Is this ignorance on our part or disobedience or selfishness? What is stopping the Gospel message from being spread around the world?
Our Number One Mission
I think it stems from those reasons mentioned and the fact that we get so completely caught up in the trivial, as well as the bigger issues in life. We become so involved in “living our lives” that we forget about our number one mission. True, God gives us life and wants us to live it to the fullest. However, we should always come back to our number one purpose, which is to honor God with our lives and share the good news with others.
There are so many who are lost and need the Lord. We’re not all meant to be missionaries to a far off land, but wherever God has placed us—we need to obey His leading. We should always be open to the next step that God is directing us to take. If God doesn’t have us moving to the mission field, we can pray for missionaries and give financial gifts to aid in their ministries. Although, in our daily lives, we can be used by God if we open our eyes to the mission field right in front of us—our unsaved family and friends, our neighbors, people we meet at the store etc. Just as you are, I’m learning each day to start fresh with the Lord. I’m daily thankful for His continual covering of grace over our lives.