For most of you, the month of February is associated with Valentines Day. But if you’re a college football junkie like me, you associate February with national signing day and hope and pray that your favorite team finishes in the top 10 in recruiting. Yes, I’m fully aware that I’m a nerd but I thoroughly enjoy seeing if we finish our recruiting year with a bang. For those of you not familiar with how prospects are rated, each prospect is given a specific rank, or star rating, that attempts to project what kind of prospect they will become over the next few years while enrolled in college. For example, some prospects are considered 1* and others 2, 3, 4, and 5* prospects. The highest evaluation any prospect can receive is the prestigious 5* rank and it’s those prospects that are considered by most to be the best players available.
As I watched several 5* players announce where they would be playing in the fall, I began to wonder what kind of star rating would I be if others rated me spiritually. In other words, how would someone become a 5* Christian? I believe with all my heart that God has plans to use individuals in a mighty way if we would only get out of our way and allow Him to use us. So many have potential but lack the commitment and dedication that is required to become the Christian that God created them to be. It has often been said that the difference between a 1* prospect and 5* prospect is dedication. This truth is no different in our spiritual walk. If we wish to become a 5* Christian, here are 5 areas we must be dedicated to:
- Get in the Word – Romans 10:17 tells us that “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” You cannot be a strong Christian without reading the Scriptures regularly. Reading the Bible is the most important thing you can do as a Christian as it is the only weapon we have against the enemy (Ephesians 6:10-18). Determine to set aside a time every day to bathe yourself in Scripture. Read it alone and with your family. Whatever you do, get in the Word!
- Pray – I believe God hears and answers our prayers. There is no doubt, that the greatest untapped resource in the Christian life is the matter of prayer. There is power in prayer and the more you spend time in prayer, the more powerful your prayer life will become. Mark Batterson said it best when he stated, “Prayers are prophecies. They are the best predictors of your spiritual future. Who you become is determined by how you pray. Ultimately, the transcript of your prayers becomes the script of your life.” Sadly, the open secret of many Bible-believing churches is that a very small percentage of those talking about prayer are actually doing what they are talking about.
- Be Faithful to Church – Jesus Christ deserves our faithfulness. Determine you and your family will get involved in the local church so you can work together to carry out what we call the “Great Commission.” Pray for your church, serve in your church, give to your church! It is amazing what God’s people can accomplish together when we are serving together in unity. All of us have a job to do. Discover your spiritual gifts and serve! How to you get started serving? Jump in! Stop praying that God will use you. Get usable and I promise He’ll wear you out!
- Give – This one isn’t too popular but it’s so imperative! I believe God’s work should be supported God’s way. We are clearly instructed in Scripture to give our tithes and offerings. Let’s make one thing clear. God doesn’t need our money. God wants our heart. Where our money goes is a direct result of where our heart is. In Matthew 6:21 it reads, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” It is a joy to give and I’ve witnessed firsthand that you can never ever out give God! Determine to give back to God on a regular basis as it was He who gave it to you in the first place. God loves a cheerful giver and I’m convinced that the blessings of God are directly proportional to how we give.
- Evangelize – If Jesus came to “seek and save those that were lost” (Luke 19:10) should we not do the same? We are all commanded to go make disciples (Matthew 28:19). Have you shared Christ with anyone lately? Determine that you will be intentional in sharing Christ with someone each day. You will be amazed how many individuals are searching for what we have in Christ. Be bold as lions and share with a dying world the good news of the Gospel!
Let’s determine together that we will strive to become 5* Christians. I can’t wait to see what the Lord is going to do in 2017 and it’s exciting to think what will happen if we work together to be all we can be for the glory of Christ.
Praying for you always,