Part Time Christians
THERE IS NO SUCH THING. We have either received Jesus or we haven*t. We are either a child of God or we aren*t.
Our flesh would like us to be part-time Christians. Satan would like us to believe that we can be part-time Christians. He is willing for us to behave like Christians on Sunday if he can keep us from behaving that way the rest of the week. He is willing for us to pray a few minutes each day, but not to pray without ceasing. There are some consequences to behaving like part-time Christians: part-time blessing, part-time joy, part-time peace, part-time fulfilment, etc. You get the idea.
We are full-time Christians only because we have a full-time Saviour.
Hebrews 13:5: Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Being saved full-time and eternally is a gift. We certainly cannot and do not earn it. We experience and too soon forget the joy, peace and fulfilment that come when we are serving the Lord. We also forget that the more we behave like part-time Christians, the less we have of joy, peace and fulfilment. I have to relearn those truths every day, some days many times. How wise, mature and fruitful we are as Christians will be directly related to how much time we give to the Lord.
Ephesians 5:16: Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Colossians 4:5: Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.
My Bible teacher, Leonard Bullock, taught recently that if we don*t fill our minds with the things of God, Satan will fill the vacuum with something else. If we don*t fill our time with the things of God, Satan will also fill that vacuum with something else.