The path toward heaven is not an easy one. As a Christian, you face many obstacles when trying to follow the road that leads you to everlasting life. The devil tempts us into sin, and his demons assist in his work.
The world itself and the people in it are constantly trying to lure us away from the Lord and into worldly activities. However, it’s important that we don’t lose heart and that we always strive to live a faithful life as Christians.
Here we will take a look at how to live a faithful Christian life so you can follow the Lord with a pure heart, do good for others, and spread His word to fellow humans (believers and others) to help make the world a better, more faithful place to live.
Be a Force of Optimism
It’s no secret that our world is filled with great and terrible suffering, but behind all of the tragic headlines is a hopeful story that we as Christians are responsible for telling. We are witnessing the healthiest generation of children ever recorded and the disparities between the poor and the rich are closing quicker than ever.
Diseases are being eliminated, with smallpox disappearing entirely while polio and Guinea worm follow close behind. More families have safe water to drink today, more girls are attending school, vaccines have revolutionized human health, and farmers are producing excellent harvests.
It’s our duty to bring this optimism to the world because doing so means being faithful to God, who always looks upon us with optimism and hope. Of course, there’s still much that must be done, but it’s clear to see that our work is moving in the right direction and that the world’s progressive evangelicals are a core aspect of this success.
Challenge the Myths That Hinder Our Success
US foreign aid is one of the great untold stories of America, but success is often disguised beneath a shroud of myths, like ‘we send missiles to dictators’ and ‘it’s a playground for corruption’ and ‘the US spends an inflated 25% of our federal budget on foreign aid.’
None of this is true, and it’s important that we counter these myths with facts. US foreign aid consumes less than 1% of the entire federal budget but works to alleviate disease, poverty, and hunger for the long term. It’s there to create self-sufficiency and provide humanitarian aid in times of crisis.
US foreign aid manifests in the form of safe drinking water, vaccinations, schools, the dignity of sanitation, agricultural education, and nutrition. It uplifts women and therefore entire families, villages, and so much more.
Spirit-inspired goodwill comes in many forms, both governmental and faith-based, and it is time for us to stop pitting one against the other. It’s time to work together for the greater good of the world. Such is the duty of a faithful Christian.
Recognize Global Commitment
Communities of faith are essential in corporations, civic groups, governments, philanthropy, local communities, and international organizations. Faith-based development organizations are trusted by local communities and often act as the frontiers of the global battle to bring the world’s vulnerable individuals into self-reliant, strong communities with hope and a future.
As a Christian, you have the privilege of being able to join this investment. Whether you contribute in person or financially, you form part of the furthering of Christ’s good work and success. Consider joining a mission group – there’s really no better way to understand what others have to go through on a daily basis than to see it for yourself.
Respond to the Needy, Not Just the Near
Because of our belief that ‘to whom much is given, much will be required, we who have been given much must not limit our concern to just our fellow citizens or physical neighbors. We have to remember that caring for the ‘last of these does not mean caring for those who are closest or most like us.
Instead, it is the neediest even at a distance to whom we have a calling. In the highly connected world that we live in, your neighbors are not just the people living next to you. Jesus’s call to care for our neighbors is not defined by nationality but is rather defined by needs.
Remember, ‘and he answered them “whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.”’
Understand How America’s Government Fits Into Our Work
We would have few successes without the funding and influence of our government. US leadership does what NGOs and individuals cannot; it launches global initiatives to eliminate diseases, coordinates international strategies, underwrites innovations in global health, and offers critical funding levels to the world’s poorest.
About 55% of US foreign aid is not sent to overseas governments, but rather to non-profit and private contractors in America, who work around the globe. Many of the well-established faith organizations of the world make use of these foreign aid dollars.
It is essential to understand that supporting the US government funding for foreign aid means that you are also providing support to the international efforts that this country makes to save and improve the quality of foreign lives.
Remember That God’s Word is a Source of Authority
A faithful Christian will not constantly be looking for advice outside of the word of God because they know that God’s Word is the absolute truth of the world. Too often do we turn to Merrill Lynch for advice on our finances, our coworkers about how to prioritize our lives or a local nail salon for marriage advice.
Whenever you are in doubt about anything in your life, remember that you are Christian and that you can always turn to God for the final say. After all, he is the Wonderful Counselor and has had a plan for you since before you were born – He has all of the advice you’ll ever need. Remember this in the hard times, not only the good times.
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