If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me.
No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father.
I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life.
I am the bread of life.
10 Tips for
Getting your Christian Life Back on Track
SERIES, PART 2
There are times in our Christian lives when we may feel uninspired, unfulfilled,
and incomplete. Perhaps we've lost our joy and enthusiasm for the cause of Christ.
priorities are out of focus.
If this describes you, then it's time
to get your Christian life "back to the basics."
Here are 3 more steps
you can take to help get your life
back on the right path...
For the first 3 tips, please see
Tip #4: Be spiritually minded!
This is another crucial step—one that's often ignored by many Christian people today.
But the results of ignoring it are spiritually fatal.
The Bible is clear: We must be spiritually minded. But what does it mean to be
Being spiritually minded doesn't mean merely staying busy doing church-related things.
Nor does it mean simply having interesting, unspiritually related Bible discussions (for example,
examining history as it relates to Bible prophecy).
True "spiritual mindedness" obviously means having a mind that is focused on spiritual things. The Bible states:
Those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh—but those who live according to the Spirit
set their minds on the things of the Spirit.
The mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace.
Of course, we talk about what we think about. If you have a spiritual mind, that's what you're going to be
talking about to your family, fellow Christians, and friends. Jesus said [speaking at first to the Pharisees]:
Therefore, if you have been raised with Christ, keep seeking the things from above—where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart
the mouth speaks. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings
evil things out of the evil stored up in him.
The Bible also indicates (Proverbs 1:2) that we will be "blessed" if our
"delight is in the law of the LORD, and on His law [we] meditate day and night."
It's always been puzzling to me to attend a worship assembly, and then discover—time after time—that
no one seemed interested in discussing
what was taught—or had anything else from the Bible they wanted to discuss.
Or, attending church dinners and not a spiritual comment is ever made. Or, calling Christians
together for entertainment and having everyone turn out, but calling them for a Bible study and hardly anyone shows up.
These are disturbing signs of a congregation that is unspiritually-minded. In other words, a church that may have
truth but not the spirit.
Spiritually minded people love to share things about the spirit. It's part of their nature. I believe it is
impossible for true Christians to not
speak of things of the spirit frequently, especially when they are around others of like mind.
So, meditate about God's words, plant them in your heart, and speak about them. They will be your salvation
(James 1:21; Romans 2:15; 2 Corinthians 3:2).
Tip #5: Make sure your worship experiences are meaningful
When we attend worship, it's important to have our minds focused, and that we are "into the worship"—in spite
of occasional distractions of children or those around us. It's also important that our families are maintaining
an atmosphere where others can worship without distraction, especially if we have young, untrained children.
(By the way, churches described in the Bible did not have "day care centers"—instead, they trained their children to be obedient—see
Ephesians 6:1-2, among many other possible verses.)
The Bible is clear...true worship MUST be in spirit (i.e., being in the right spirit or attitude)—not
just in truth (i.e., according to the teachings of God). Jesus said:
God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth. (John 4:24)
I believe many churches today are worshiping perhaps in spirit, but not in truth.
And, more commonly among Bible-believing churches: many may be worshiping in truth,
but not in spirit (which technically IS NOT in truth). In other words, they may feel they are "Bible believing," but
they are not "Bible practicing."
Many modern members do not appear
to have their minds and thoughts and speech focused on things that are from above, where Christ sits on the
right hand of God. Such Christians need to re-evaluate their commitment to Christ.
So, worship in the right spirit. The Bible says:
So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind; I will sing
with my spirit,
but I will also sing with my mind. (1 Corinthians 14:15)
One final note about worship. Some have developed the tradition of entering the place of assembly, sitting down, and evidently "meditating"
or reading the Bible—not realizing God has specifically commanded us to greet and spiritually encourage one another.
This is a classic example of how another tradition has supplanted the actual, plainly spoken will of God.
Obviously, the worship part of the assembly begins at the appointed time. Prior to, and after that time, we should be busy
"encouraging and building one another up" in our spiritual families.
Tip #6: Be a person of love
Many modern Christian people have developed cold, judgmental, and even harsh attitudes about the world
around them. They don't appear to have much love and compassion for others (John 5:24).
While it's true that we should not be naive, and that sometimes "tough love" is necessary (Jude 23)—at
the end of the day, we must never forget that we must be people of love (1 Corinthians 13).
So, let's resolve to be compassionate, patient,
and helpful toward those around us. Not only will we be living as Christ directed, our examples to the world will
be more like it should be.
Love certainly doesn't replace the other commandments of God, but it's the greatest of all Christian characteristics.
Therefore it's impossible to lack proper love and still be a true Christian (1 Corinthians 13:13).