Earlier this year I was talking with a friend who admitted that he had never fully entered into a contract with God. In fact, what he specifically said was that he couldn’t say that he had ever fully surrendered everything to the Lord Jesus.
My hunch is that many who call themselves Christians like my friend, have never fully surrendered to the Lord. Perhaps they’ve been Christians for decades and faithfully attend church and sing the great old hymn, “I Surrender All.” But down deep, when push comes to shove, they have to admit that they’re holding back a part or many parts of their lives.
Irreconcilable differences are often cited as “grounds for divorce.” Obviously, some couples really struggle in this arena. That makes sense to me, but not completely. Carolyn and I were married on August 4, 1979—so we’re about to celebrate 38 years of marriage. Over the years, we’ve learned how to cope with and even appreciate our differences.
Leaving aside the excesses, I believe, as a pastor, missionary and Bible teacher, that Christians should be some of the most positive thinking people in the world.
Here are 7 reasons Christianity provides the ultimate in positive thinking:
On my first trip to India I encountered a happy boy and learned about joy. It was a missionary trip in 2000, when we stayed with a widow who had a nice home and a shack out back. In the small hut lived a family of three: mother, father and a boy of about 4 years old. They cared for the landscaping and house, and cooked their food over an open fire beside their small hovel.
Similar to these 3 parts of construction, there are 3 parts to evangelism and all are necessary. The job of “making disciples” isn’t finished without all 3.
They’ve been called the 3 P’s of Evangelism.
The 3 P’s of Evangelism are not pressure, pushiness and pridefulness!
Scripture does not condemn borrowing. However, it does warn that, “the borrower is the slave of the lender.” (Proverbs 22:7 ESV) We have never known that kind of bondage.
Many Christians think that they will escape judgment in the end times. They are sadly mistaken—the Bible is very clear that Christians will be judged. But how they are judged must be understood.
Can someone know that they’re truly saved? Many don’t think so, however 1 John 5:13 says “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.” (emphasis mine) Yes, it is possible to KNOW for sure that we are truly saved and have eternal life. The Bible book of 1 John was written for this purpose.
The afterlife is something most everyone thinks about. Ecclesiastes 3:11 says “He has also set eternity in the human heart.” (NIV) We humans have an inborn sense that there is something after this life. God put that in our hearts.