Holiness

The Recipe for Christian Living

Remember what it was like to bring home your first baby? Most new parents wish that their little one came home with a directions manual explaining everything about childcare in one handy dandy little book. If you had no baby experience prior to that day, I can bet you were wishing for that manual the most. Thankfully, we muddle through, we figure it out. We learn the ropes. We glean wisdom from others. We learn through experience when it comes parenting. Doesn't the Christian life feel a lot like that first time mom feeling? So often we want someone wiser, with more experience to tell us exactly what to do live a life that brings glory to God. We want to finish well, served well and loved others well. But how?

Remember what it was like to bring home your first baby? Most new parents wish that their little one came home with a directions manual explaining everything about childcare in one handy dandy little book.  If you had no baby experience prior to that day, I can bet you were wishing for that manual the most. Thankfully, we muddle through, we figure it out. We learn the ropes. We glean wisdom from others.

We learn through experience when it comes parenting.

Doesn’t the Christian life feel a lot like that first time mom feeling? So often we want someone wiser, with more experience to tell us exactly what to do live a life that brings glory to God. We want to finish well, served well and loved others well. But how?

Just give me the manual!

Well, unlike parenting Christianity does come with a manual.

There is a recipe for Christian living.

We have the best manual out there, the Bible. Which also comes handy as a parenting manual, by the way.

The Bible is full of wisdom and instruction to help us navigate through every situation life throws at us.

The song, Take Time to be Holy, has the perfect recipe for Christian living within its lyrics.

Recipe for Chrisitan Living

Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord.

Our prayer life is the secret ingredient to Christian living. Yet it is often the one thing we are lacking in. We take prayer for granted. We say a quick prayer and then we’re off to something else. We get stuck in the rut of reciting the same rote prayers, just to say we prayed for the day. (Jesus warns us aginst doing this very thing in His Word!) How it must break God’s heart to see us not taking advantage of our direct line to the Father.

If you want to be holy, if you want to end your life well as a Christian then you need to make prayer more of a priority. Talk with Him all throughout the day.

Abide in Him always, and feed on His Word.

God’s Word cannot be neglected in your life if you want to pursue holiness. Your Bible should be worn! Mark it up! Turn those pages, soak it in, make your Bible study a priority in the morning so that you are setting the tone for your entire day. If you don’t know how to study your Bible then ask a seasoned saint in your church to disciple you, to take you under her wing and show you how to do Christian living thing. It truly is so simple and will be the best decision you’ll ever make.

I love how the song says to feed on His Word. We are always in need of more food. Every few hours we need to fuel our bodies again with something nutritious. The same is true in our Christian walk, we can’t starve our spirit. You need to be in your Bible often! And who doesn’t like to eat? Enjoy your Bible reading!

Remember what it was like to bring home your first baby? Most new parents wish that their little one came home with a directions manual explaining everything about childcare in one handy dandy little book. If you had no baby experience prior to that day, I can bet you were wishing for that manual the most. Thankfully, we muddle through, we figure it out. We learn the ropes. We glean wisdom from others. We learn through experience when it comes parenting. Doesn't the Christian life feel a lot like that first time mom feeling? So often we want someone wiser, with more experience to tell us exactly what to do live a life that brings glory to God. We want to finish well, served well and loved others well. But how?

Make friends of God’s children, help those who are weak.

Wait, what? Friends are in the recipe for Christian living? Why?

God created us for community. We are weren’t meant to be alone. We need others in our lives, here a few reasons why:

  • Encouragement 1 Thessalonians 5:11
  • Rebuke Proverbs 9:8-9
  • Help, whether physical or spiritual Galatians 6:2
  • Accountability Romans 14:12
  • Unity Psalm 133:1

God wants us bear one another’s burdens, to help the sick, lost, widows. He wants us to love our neighbor as ourselves. You can’t be a good Christian if you are not friendly.

Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek.

Verse one ends with the instruction to never lose sight of the blessing it is to be one of God’s children, to be under His wing, to have His loved showed lavishly on us. Nothing in this world will satisfy us, nothing but Jesus (Hebrews 11:25).

We are loved by the King of Kings! When we stop believing that we aren’t good enough for His love we are robbing ourselves of His forgiveness, grace, mercy, and countless blessings. Your sin doesn’t stop God from loving you.

Don’t throw in the towel and start to forget the blessings of the Chrisitan life. It is worth it. Count your blessings, embrace community, feed on His Word, and pray often and you’ll be well on your way to living out the recipe for Chrisitan living.

 

Here’s the whole song for those who want to read the rest of the verses!

  1. Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord;
    Abide in Him always, and feed on His Word.
    Make friends of God’s children, help those who are weak,
    Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek.
  2. Take time to be holy, the world rushes on;
    Spend much time in secret, with Jesus alone.
    By looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be;
    Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see.
  3. Take time to be holy, let Him be thy Guide;
    And run not before Him, whatever betide.
    In joy or in sorrow, still follow the Lord,
    And, looking to Jesus, still trust in His Word.
  4. Take time to be holy, be calm in thy soul,
    Each thought and each motive beneath His control.
    Thus led by His Spirit to fountains of love,
    Thou soon shalt be fitted for service above.

Would you add anything to this recipe for Christian living?

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