Hello. It’s nice to have you here, again. This is in continuation of the article: The Key to Joyful Living: Grow in Christ-likeness – Peter Tan-Chi. To maintain your joy, to increase your joy, you must grow in Christ-likeness. To grow means to have the willingness to change. As you grow, you will also change. According to this series of Eternal Perspective, to grow in Christ-likeness means to observe the four principles. The first principle was to Be Obedient. To know more about how to be obedient, you may read here: Eternal Perspective: Be Obedient. In this article, we will be expanding the second principle which is to Do Your Part as Christians, according to the words of our head Pastor Peter Tan-Chi. You may also refer to the video clip embedded at the bottom of this post for reference.
Eternal Perspective: Do Your Part
Many times, a lot of us are confused if salvation is by grace. Isn’t that enough that God does everything? Because from the word “grace”, it means undeserved. Yes. It’s true that grace is the unmerited favor of God. However, grace doesn’t mean that you no longer do your part. Salvation is indeed a gift, and no one can earn it. Jesus Christ freely gave it to us when He died on the cross. However, grace and faith are never alone. Why? The bible is very clear that faith without works is dead.
When faith is dead, we call it counterfeit faith or fake faith. It’s like when the doctor tells you to take a medicine for your sickness, and you are guaranteed to get well. Just imagine, you believe in him. You believe in the pill. However, you don’t take the pill. That means, you don’t really believe at all.
To believe and not to act upon it is not yet to believe.
According to the bible, faith is always active. To grow in Christ-likeness, the foundation is faith, but then, you need to do your part. That is why the bible says “Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness.” For us, discipline is difficult. But, discipline is a beautiful word. It’s our part. Take for example, Kobe Bryant, the famous and great athlete – the Black Mamba. However, what we don’t realize is the countless of hours he dedicated to practicing. They call him the Black Mamba because he practices seriously that you can no longer differentiate a practice and a real game. That’s why in our very eyes, we see him doing things so easily and effortless, like it is so natural. Why? It’s because he’s been so disciplined to practice.
As Christians, our part is to discipline ourselves in certain spiritual habits: Prayer, Bible Reading, Meditation, and Memorization of Scriptures. As you practice these habits, it becomes second nature. Eventually, we will experience freedom – the freedom to do what is right. Godliness and discipline go together. Let it be your prayer to practice the habit of doing your part. Let it be our prayer that during this time, where you have lots of time, you will use it wisely.
To be Christ-like, learn to practice. Learn to be disciplined. Learn to do your part.
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Cha of Little Misadvencha is a Filipino Civil Engineer, researcher and a fur mom. She came from General Santos City and finds that everything in life teaches her a lesson. She is inspired to write about and out of her experiences, but later found out that it was her experiences that actually inspire her.