4 Things Every Christian Should Know
In every walk of life, we must know some key pieces of information. The student must know the information that has been given in class, the athlete must know the plays that have been set up by the coach, the lawyer must know the laws that pertain to his particular court case, the doctor must know the proper procedures for a specific surgery, and the list goes on and on. If we are going to be successful in life, there are certain things we must know. These are essentials. These are necessary ingredients.
In the Christian life, there are some things that we must know. We may forget the names contained in the genealogies. We may forget a reference for a verse. We may not know everything about eschatology. However, whether you have been saved for a long time or a short time, whether you are a pastor or a layman, whether you are in high school or college or your senior years, there are four things you must know.
“Only fear the Lord, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you” (I Samuel 12:24).
1) We must know what we are doing.
This may sound basic, but it is so easy to forget what weare really doing. The devil loves to sidetrack us from our purpose. As Christians, we have been saved to serve God. Samuel commanded the people of Israel to fear God and serve God. Jesus’ prayer was for laborers to be sent to the harvest field. There is a job for every Christian to do. Let’s not forget what we are doing.
2) We must know why we are doing it.
Have you ever been working on a project when, about halfway through, you ask yourself, “Why am I doing this?” The question is a good one to ask. Why do we serve the Lord? There are many wonderful reasons to serve the Lord. I believe the greatest reason is found in I Samuel 12:24. “Consider how great things he hath done for you.” God has been so good to us! I John 4:19 reminds us that we love him because He first loved us. If Jesus was willing to die for us, we ought to be willing to live for Him. II Corinthians 5:14 reminds us why we do what we do. It is the love of Christ that motivates us to service. There is a reason for serving Christ. Our labor is not in vain!
3) We must know how we are doing it.
In order to do any job right, we must know how to do it. How are we supposed to serve the Lord? We are admonished to serve God in truth with all our heart. Don’t just go through the motions – put your heart into it. Be genuine. Be real.
4) We must know for Whom we are doing it.
We are not in the Lord’s work for our own honor or glory. We are in it for His honor and glory. “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created” (Revelation 4:11). In our text verse, Samuel commands the people to serve the Lord. I Corinthians 15:58 challenges us to be “always abounding in the work of the Lord.”
As Christians, we have the privilege of serving the King of kings and Lord of lords. At times, it can be easy to get our focus on projects or the people around us. However, our work is for the Lord. He is the only one worthy of our service!
There may be a whole lot that we don’t know. But if we know these four essentials, we can be victorious Christians. Knowing these things will help us to be faithful and focused in our service for Christ.