by Bailey Smith

How Is Your Christianity Today?
Bailey Smith
Philippians 3:12-14

Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect., but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended. But this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

How is your Christianity today? No, I don't want you to think about your salvation experience in the Brush Arbor meeting twenty-two years ago. I am not concerned with how much you did for the Lord when you were young and enthusiastic. My prying question does not even concern itself with the day you were ordained a deacon or began teaching a class in Sunday School. It doesn't take into consideration the perfect attendance pin you were awarded last year. The question evades the fact that in some recent year you won two or three men to our Lord. The question has the emphasis on the final word. How is your Christianity TODAY? How does your Christianity today compare to your Christianity the week after you were saved?

I listened in a Testimony service a few weeks back. I heard such statements as: "I am so happy that the Lord saved me and my family; I want to thank the Lord for bringing me into this fine church some years ago.'' On and on I listened until I had heard fourteen people tell about their past-tense Christianity. Not one single person mentioned their status now or what they expected to do for God this particular day. It seemed that they were all people who were coasting off the momentum of past dedication. They had climbed up part of the mountain, but began coasting down before they reached the top.

The Apostle Paul tells the little church at Philippi that he is as concerned with doing things for Christ as he ever was. He has no time to tell of ship wrecks and beatings ...

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