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LAY SPIRITUALITY

LAY SPIRITUALITY

The spirit of Christian lay spirituality or martyrdom is to live for Christ alone; to live the gospel without compromise, and to be unconcerned about the consequences or without counting the cost. When the gospel speaks of witness, the Greek word for a witness is martyr.

 In the past Christianity was more popular. Christianity had been absorbed into the culture. There was no one to bear witness to except for foreign lands.

Today our world has two characteristics: the force of evil spirits always present and the inertia of the world that resists any efforts to introduce a higher orbit of human activity. Society “outlaws” Christians in very subtle ways: Why do you want to rock the boat? Why do you want to be different? 

It is a challenge to live as a witness and disciple of Jesus our Savior in the midst of secular life. Businessmen are hard; war is ruthless; abortions are legal; pornography is everywhere; sex is taken for granted; drugs are commonplace: it’s a pagan society. “For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.”                                                                                                                                       Philippians 2:21

Christians accept a “normal” life in the world. They are not against drinking, dancing, dating, buying, selling or going to the movies. They accept the complexity of moral choices in the world. They don’t refuse to do business with anybody who doesn’t operate by the highest standard of Christian morality.

Yet Christians set their course to “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33, whatever the consequences. They may be crucified in this world for the stand they take on the gospel. Yet, they continue to avoid being ostracized, fired or just shoved in the corner and forgotten.

We know that we ought to be martyrs, but we still don’t know how to go about it. Christians must learn to embrace the cross; we must see this as our fulfillment: “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ” Galatians 6:14. We become a sign in the midst of: “a wicked and adulterous generationMatthew 16:4 “Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” Matthew 10:16

The basic premise of Christianity is that the gospel is news to the world. To be news it has to be new as Jesus Christ was new who “is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 It is better than anything the world has to offer.

Christian lay missionaries must learn to surf but not in tranquil waters. Spiritual life is where the waves are. To each lay missionary, has been given the Holy Spirit and His gifts. We are not to bury our talents in the ground for safekeeping, but to seek the Kingdom of God by becoming a light to the world.

LAY SPIRITUALITY
Mendoza, Argentina

All you are asked to do at this point is to take a first step and be willing to follow wherever Christ leads you. Only God knows exactly what you should do. If we don’t have the habit of pondering God’s Word in our hearts, we will never know how to apply this knowledge in our lives. This is how you make your own decisions. So begin with a prayer. Begin by reading the Scriptures and reflecting on it until you come to some sort of decision that will change your life in some way. And Christ will make the next move. Continue reading LAY SPIRITUALITY

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