Living a crucified Christian life(1) – Muoka Lazarus
Every believer is expected to follow the footsteps of our Lord Jesus Christ who lived an exemplary selfless and crucified life to the glory of God and for the benefits of man. So, living a crucified Christian life is an attestation that we are of Him.
Christ is an example to servants, for the reason that He once took the form of a servant even though He is the Master. His exemplary life is a proof that patient and endurance under undeserved sufferings is acceptable to God.
I Peter 2:21 says: “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps.”
Our Lord Jesus Christ demon-strated a good quality leadership by suffering and dying for man-kind, and thus imposes an ever-lasting obligation on all believers to please Him by following His footstep. So, it is expected that all who are true followers of Christ must patiently suffer persecution from the people of the world, endure hounding and harrying for the sake of the kingdom, being innocent, as Christ also was innocent but suffered for others to be saved.
They should follow His example, as if they are treading exactly along behind Him, so that they will place their feet precisely where He had placed His. This is because if they are to be seen as followers of the Lord, they must have close imitation or resem-blance of Him. No one can claim to be a true believer without living a crucified life.
John 12:24-26 says, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. 25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. 26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour”
In the above context, the Script-ure explains that it is only when wheat of corn is put in the ground and dies that it can become the root of a fruitful new plant. If a Christian has not passed any persecution experience, it will be difficult for him to really consider laying down his life for the salvation of a sinner.
No selfish or carnal believer can help others to be saved, the reason being that a carnal person is hard, wicked and sinful, void of love, compassion, mercy or brokenness; such person will be engrossed in his/her per-sonal interest, goal or ambition and will have no business with soul winning or longsuffering.
The death of Christ was like when a seed is sown, which seems to be the dying of the corn, but indeed becomes the cause of a much greater harvest. Without Christ laying down His life for us to be saved, there wouldn’t have been salvation. So, if by dying a corn produces like plants, it behoves that the condition the leader passes through to bring us to eternal life, shall be same condition the followers who truly want to be where He is should pass.
As long as a corn remains fresh, it reproduces nothing. But when it falls into the ground and undergoes the process of ending its life, it brings forth fruit. It is fruitful by giving itself up. So, too, Christ gave Himself up to produce godliness in us.
His death was needful in order that He might impart life to mankind. So, Christ has left a good example for us to emulate and win souls for the Kingdom of heaven. Any believer who does not see the need to stake his/her life for others like our Lord Jesus Christ, Esther, the Apostles and David is not a true believer as a result not a follower of Jesus Christ. So, a believer who is after his/her personal goal or interest is not a true believer and therefore could be dangerous to Christian faith.
Esther 4:15-16 states: “Then Esther bade them return Morde-cai this answer, 16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.”
When Queen Esther was in a dilemma to maintain the imperial customary status-quo of the palace or defy it and face the consequences, she chose the later in order to save her Jewish people. She put her life in danger and referred the success to God, seeing it was for His glory and the deliverance of His people. Esther had by such action shown to believers what the path of duty should be. Although it may be at the hazard of life itself, yet they are expected to walk in it, com-mitting themselves and all their interests, mortal and immortal, to God who rules over all things.
Jonah 1:1-3 states: “Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me. 3 But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.”
In the case of Jonah, he was charged with a prophetical mess-age, but he reneged because he cares less for souls of sinful people of Nineveh. Though a prophet of God, but he desired the destruct-ion of the idolatrous nation rather than their repentance. Jonah’s attitude and disobedient was an opposite of what a crucified Christian life should be. Living a crucified Christian life entails self sacrifice as demonstrated by Christ and the Apostles.
II Timothy 12-13 states: “But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. 13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.”
A hireling, a man employed to take care of the sheep, to whom wages is paid, does not own the sheep, but guards them merely for pay, rather than risk his life he would leave the flock to the ravages of wild beasts. He is one of those ministers who are un-willing to encounter any danger or practise any self-denial for the welfare of the church.
So, because he is a hireling, because he regards only his wages, he feels no special interest in the flock. Such person is carnal and devoid of life befitting to a true Christian. If you are a Christian, you must ensure that the life you are living now is one you emulated from the Master Jesus Christ and it shall be well with you.
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