Whether you are a new Christian, a long time follower of Christ, or maybe someone who has tried Christ and found it was just too hard to follow Him and has maybe somewhat “given up” – we have all dealt with the challenge of “Staying the Course.” The first day or two – sometimes even the first few weeks – are easy. We get up in the morning feeling as if we have a whole new lease on life (which we do) and are ready to face the world and the enemy no matter what is thrown at us. Then, “It” is ACTUALLY thrown at us and knocks us on our butts. In those moments, we are forced to face the depth of our commitment to Christ.
So how can we follow Christ when it is so incredibly difficult? I could really sum it up in one word: Relationship. However, that one word “RELATIONSHIP” needs to be defined and explained, seeing as how we all have our own interpretation of what it means. A close relationship has three MAJOR elements that have ALWAYS got to be monitored: 1. Study them and who they are. What do they like? What upsets them? What excites them? 2. Communicate with them. Speak your heart to them and listen as they share their heart. 3. Spend time with them, and spend time with those that they surround themselves with – their friends. You can get to know more about the person you are with based on how they interact with their friends.
The same is true with the lover of your soul. It is easily summed up by the 3-Legged Stool principle. Picture a three-legged stool. Better still, imagine yourself on crutches with an injured leg. You could easily support yourself with the three “legs” (your one good leg and 2 crutches). But now imagine removing one of those legs, or weakening one of them. You would probably fall over, wouldn’t you? Or at least find it more difficult to get around. There are three legs that hold up our Christian walk.
Leg #1: Time in the WORD
Leg #2: Time in PRAYER
The bible tells us how to pray in Matthew chapter 6:1-13
“Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
5″And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 6But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
9″This, then, is how you should pray:
” ‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
11Give us today our daily bread.
12Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.[a
Leg #3: Time with CHRISTIAN FRIENDS