Do You Have the Distinguishing Mark of a Christian?
You are Confident in How Much You Love the Lord
by J.M. Troppello
I read this quote in my devotional this morning. Charles H. Spurgeon said, “The distinguishing mark of a Christian is his confidence in his love of Christ.” I asked myself if I have that distinguishing mark as a Christian in my life. I do have confidence in my love for Christ.
7 But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. 8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” 9 Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. 10 As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11 If anyone speaks, let him speak as the [a]oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the [b]dominion forever and ever. Amen. (I Peter 4:7-11, NKJV)
Peter began this passage with the powerful truth – the end of all things is at hand. He was saying that Jesus could return at any time. He was encouraging believers to do the following things:
Be Ready for Christ’s Return – Be prepared for the Judgement Seat of Christ where each believer would be judged for their faithfulness, not sin – since Christ’s death and resurrection is the only way to bridge the gap to God.
Be Watchful in Your Prayers – Believers should be watchful and sober in their walk with God so that they can cultivate a deep and productive prayer life – that yields fruit—as the believer is yielded to Christ and the Holy Spirit.
Fervently Love Others – Don’t love the sin of others or your own sin. Yet, you should walk in love and speak the truth in love (See: Eph 4:15). Don’t stir up trouble among others because that is unfruitful living.
Be Hospitable w/o Grumbling – Live with the mindset of self-sacrifice for the good of others. Do everything without grumbling. Don’t talk about others behind their backs. If you’re going to do acts of service, do them in love.
Minister to Others w/ Your Gifts – God gifts each believer with gifts for service (See: I Cor. 12:1-31, Rom. 11:29, James 1:5, and Rom. 12:6-8). Be a good steward of all the spiritual gifts that God gives you. Decide in your heart that you will only use those gifts as God wills and for His glory, not your own.
Speak the Truths of God’s Word – Learn all of the truths in God’s Word and impart those truths to others as the Holy Spirit leads you. Don’t veer off in a false direction that is not from the Word of God.
Minister Through God’s Strength – Lean on God for His strength in all that He has called you to do in this world. When God calls you to do a work for Him, He will give you the strength necessary to accomplish His purposes.
This passage of Scripture from I Peter 4:7-11 is packed with a lot of information. I’m definitely still a work in progress in all these areas of my spiritual life. I hope this has been an inspiration for you to continue to progress in your walk with God as well.
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
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J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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