In Vance Havner’s book, Why Not Just Be Christians, he reminds his readers: In the days of the early church, Christians had to make a living as you and I. Some of them carved and gilded images for the pagans. They did not worship these images… but they saw no harm in making them for sale. Their argument sounds familiar today, “After all, somebody will do it anyway – and I have to live.” Tertullian, one of the giants of that day answered such an argument with one question: “Must you live?” Tertullian believed that a Christian only had one “must” – he or she must be faithful to Jesus Christ, come what may, live or die.
Such was the attitude of the early church and such should be our attitude today. Romans 12:11 tells us not to be “slothful in business, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.”
If I carefully follow steps one through five that have been discussed over the past several days, then the next step is easy…
Step #6 – I must expect God’s presence
The prayers of the Jerusalem church were answered quickly. The Bible says they were filled (saturated) with the Holy Spirit. This doesn’t necessarily mean supernatural spiritual gifts, but being controlled by the Spirit. I would love to see the day in this church when EVERYONE is filled with and controlled by the Spirit of God. Then, they all went out and told others about Jesus. What a marvelous story!