Moment by moment…

Some seem to think that all that is required to be a Christian is to take an altar call and declare that Jesus is your Lord and Savior and then go on about your daily business as if nothing has changed. I know I have been in that mode sometimes myself. But, that couldn’t be further from the truth. That type of mentality is what Bonhoeffer correctly termed “cheap grace”.  Being a sinful lazy person it is easy to be trapped in the “let others do it” mode.

I have come to realize that being a Christian means living in the Lord Jesus moment by moment. Not just those times on Sunday morning or when I happen to casually think about heavenly things.  Moment-by-moment means constantly thinking of the heavenly realm and applying its teaching to my life at each moment. I have often said “oh I will try to do that when I have more time. Right now I am just too busy for that.”  This is exactly the point where I needed this exercise more than ever. I strive to never let the urgent things in this life crowd out those that are really important.

  Before coming to this understanding I had troubles with the message by Paul about taking everything to the Lord in prayer. But as a moment-by-moment Christian, at least I try to be but often fail, I can now see  his words take on their true meaning.

 Being a Christian is not just a Sunday morning thing. It is to be lived moment-by-moment and even second-by-second.  All praise and glory go to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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