DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Ive never gone to church before, so some of the things they talk about in the church Ive started attending are kind of new to me. For example, what does it mean to be a worldly Christian? Our preacher talks about them, but hes never defined the term. S.M.
By BILLY GRAHAM
Tribune Media Services
DEAR S.M.: Dont be embarrassed to ask questions of your pastor or other people in your church, no matter how simple you may think they are. These people were just like you are when they started their spiritual journey, and theyll want to help you because they love you.
A worldly Christian is a person who has put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ, but still clings to his or her old ways of living. Their behavior and their attitudes arent much different from those of their unbelieving neighbors, and their motives and goals seldom take God into account. When the Apostle Paul addressed the Christians in the city of Corinth, he had to rebuke them for their worldly ways. He wrote, Since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men? (1 Corinthians 3:3).
Why are some Christians this way? Sometimes its because they dont really understand what God wants to do in their lives. He wants them to become more like Christ, but theyve never understood this. Sometimes, however, its because they dont want to give up their sinful ways. But no matter what the reason, Gods will is for us to submit ourselves completely to Jesus Christ.
Christ gave his whole life for us; should we not give our whole lives to him in return? Commit your life to Jesus Christ, and then ask him to help you grow in your faith. Gods will for every believer including you is for us to grow up in your salvation (1 Peter 2:2).