HOW TO LIVE FOR GOD
Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior? Are your sins forgiven? Does God's Spirit bear witness with your spirit that you have passed from death unto life? (Rom. 8:16). Have you been born again, and do you really want to live for God? If so, there are five things I would ask you to do;
FIRST-BE SURE OF YOUR SALVATION
How can you know you are saved? By God's Word. The Blood makes you safe, and the Word makes you sure. "These things I have written unto you that ye may KNOW that ye have eternal life" (I John 5:13). Not "that ye may hope, guess, or think," but "that ye may K-N-O-W-know."
It does not say, "These happy feelings have I given you." but, "These things have I written." Now, what is written? This; "Him that cometh unto me. I will in no wise cast out" (John 6:37). Have you come? Then where are you, out or in? He says He won't cast you out. Then He must have taken you in. Again it is written, "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God" (John 1:12). Did you receive Him? Then what are you? His child, are you not?
You see, it depends on God's Word. Your feelings will change everyday. Today you may "feel" saved; tomorrow, lost, but don't go by your feelings. Go by God's Word. Believe what He says. Believe what is written. God's Word never changes, "Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God" (Rom. 10:17). It is when you dare to believe, that the Spirit bears witness with your spirit that you are God's child. Thus you are assured of your salvation.
SECOND-TAKE A PUBLIC STAND FOR CHRIST
I say, a public stand. Don't try to be a secret believer; for it won't work. Unfurl your flag and come out in the open. Confess Christ at every opportunity. Tell OTHERS about Him. Don't hide your light.
"Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and my words, of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed" (Mark 8:38). If you want Him to acknowledge you, then you must acknowledge Him. If you want to grow rapidly, confess Him openly. Do it at once. Don't wait. Start now. There is nothing like it.
THIRD-TURN FROM ALL YOU KNOW TO BE WRONG
As His Spirit indwells, you will be delivered from your sins. For "Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world" (I John 4:4). "If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away, behold all things are become new" (2 Cor. 5:17). He gives you a new nature, a nature that loves righteousness and hates iniquity. The Holy Spirit will enable you. He sets you free. You can now overcome. "Sin shall not have dominion over you" (Rom. 6:14).
But you must choose righteousness and forsake sin. Turn your back on it. Put it away. Set your regenerated will against it. "Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good" (Rom.12:9). "If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me" (Ps. 66:18). When you mean business, God will deliver you. All you have to do is to plead the merits of the blood and the power of the name of Jesus. "Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body" (Rom. 6:12). Come clean. Be through with sin. "Yield NOT to temptation."
FOURTH-SPEND MUCH TIME IN BIBLE STUDY AND PRAYER
The more you read the Bible the more you will want to read it. If you want to grow in grace, meet God everyday. Have a place for prayer and Bible study. Be a Bible Christian. Never let a day pass without spending time alone with God. "As newborn babes desire the sincere milk of the word that ye might grow thereby" (I Peter 2:2). "Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word (Ps. 119:9). If you neglect the Word, you will backslide. If you learn how to pray, you will make rapid strides in the Christian life.
FIFTH-KEEP BUSY IN THE SERVICE OF GOD
Satan always finds mischief for idle hands to do. Therefore, find something to do. Give out gospel tracts. Get into some live soul-winning church. Go where the invitation is given and souls saved, where the message is "Ye must be born again." Don't wait to be asked to do something. Pray about it and get busy. Sing in the choir. Help in young people's work. Attend the prayer meeting. Become a personal worker. Teach Sunday School. Go to the street meetings. Visit the poor, the sick, and the imprisoned. Give your testimony.
That is all, my friend; I need say no more. If you are sure of your salvation, if you take a public stand for Christ, if you turn from all you know to be wrong, if you spend much time in Bible study and prayer and, if you keep busy in the service of God, you will do well. You will be a bright and happy Christian; God will use you in His service, and you will be a blessing wherever you go.
By Oswald J. Smith, Litt. D.