Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Practical Christian Living

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Are you living a christian life or just participating in a religion?

It’s an important question to think about.  The majority of church goers are just that…church goers.  They attend church on Sunday morning, but live the rest of their life in a haze.  They’ll tell you “That Christian stuff is just for Sundays…it doesn’t work in the real world.”

I don’t know how many times I’ve heard that.  You’re told “loving your neighbor” is OK when we’re talking about church, but once you’re in the business world it’s all about swimming the sharks and getting everything you can.

As a business coach, I deal with “Christian business owners” all the time…and I’ve had such bad experiences with “Christian businesses” that it often worries me when I even hear the term.  I hear the term at times, and almost immediately start expecting to be ripped off.  Maybe because they said a prayer one Sunday morning, they feel they’re forgiven for whatever they do.  I don’t know.

The same thing occurs in marriage.  Christians marriages actually have a HIGHER divorce rate than non-christian marriages.  What in the world?  That doesn’t make any sense.  The Bible is full of step-by-step instructions in relation to caring for your marriage and having a successful marriage.  Yet, christians are less successful in their marriages.

What about finances?  I’ve studied everything the Bible has to say about money and even written a book about the subject.  What I learned from the Bible helped take me from being broke and in debt to having more than enough to take care of myself…and give to others.  Yet money is one of the biggest struggles most Christians have.

For too many Christians, the Bible is simply a rulebook or something you read a little story from on Sunday.  To many of us, those stories seem so far away and disconnected with today’s life, but they’re not.

Instead of just studying and memoring “stories,” we need to dig out the wisdom for today.  Wisdom in Bible terms simply means knowledge and understanding you put to use.  It doesn’t do you a bit of good if you don’t put it to use in your daily life.

Happy is the man who finds wisdom, And the man who gains understanding; For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, And her gain than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies, And all the things you may desire cannot compare with her. Length of days is in her right hand, In her left hand riches and honor.”
Prov 3:13-16, NKJV

Christian living is all about putting God’s wisdom to work for us in every area of life.  Religion is just a study of the Bible and stories.  It’s filling your head with knowledge you can’t use today.   Yes, I make that mistake more times than I count…learning facts and figures and information.  It doesn’t matter if you don’t apply it to today.

So that’s the question of the day…is it about christian living or just religion for you?

About Terry Dean
I've been in full-time business online since 1996. I've been an ordained minister since 1993. Yes, business and ministry are my passions. I also love God, my wife Julie, my two dogs, the outdoors, and video games.

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