There is no finality to the Christian LIfe this side of eternity. Leonard Ravenhill

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Change Your Name or Change Your Act

He was just a young man, a soldier in the worlds most powerful army at the time. But he had failed in his service and had not been loyal to his country. He was now on trial before the great conqueror Alexander the Great for desertion. Alexander was a tough man, he was a commander who had conquered all of the known world by his courage and determination. He demanded complete allegiance from his subjects and was not compassionate to those who had disappointed him. But as Alexander sat there in judgment over the young man, he became touched by the soldiers pleas for mercy. All who were there anxiously awaited for the great conquerors verdict. Would he be released? Would mercy be shown? After a pause Alexander asked the young man, "What is your name?" The soldier feebly replied, "Alexander." The mighty monarch demanded once again, "What is your name?" The young man replied again, "Alexander, sir." The Macedonian ruler jumped from his seat grabbed the young soldier and threw him to the ground, he held him there and thundered angrily, "Either change your name or change your behavior."

If we are Christians our actions will coincide with the name we bear. It is not enough to be professors of Christianity we must live that faith out in our daily life. Christ must affect your character, and if He does not then you are not truly saved. If we claim to be Christians than there ought to be evidences of that profession. Jesus Christ should be the driving passion of our existence. We must, as Frances Schaeffer said, experience the Lordship of Christ in the totality of our life. We must not only talk Christian language we must live the Christian life day in and day out. As the book of James says, "But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing."(James 1:22-25)

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