The nominal Christian has, for the most part, a rather distant relationship with the Lord. He may attend church, pray on occasion, give to the poor when moved, and is thankful that the Lord has given him the opportunity to pursue his own goals in life. He may even proclaim that he is a Christian from time to time. He is rather lukewarm. But then, when a crises comes, he suddenly becomes serious, spends much time in the Scriptures and fervent prayer asking for deliverance. And he wonders why the Lord does not instantly deliver him as He promised in the Bible… Well, there is a very simple and elementary answer to the question this picture presents. This lukewarm Christian’s life, if he can be call a Christian at all, does not demonstrate that he ‘abides in Christ’. He doesn’t love the Lord with all his heart, spend much time in the Word, pray without ceasing, have a heavy burden for souls, hear His voice, be constantly aware of His presence, be led by the Holy Spirit and seek guidance from the Lord each day. It is true that He is there for us at those times of trouble but only for those who have demonstrated their commitment in good times and bad, are led by the ‘Holy Spirit and are called the sons of God’. This is a tragedy of monumental proportions for this nominal one knows about the Lord but does not know Him personally and will not receive the blessings and joy that comes with being a true Christian. Further he will not even realize what he is missing.

Scripture says that “No good thing will he withhold from those who walk uprightly” (Psalms 84; 11), “He who abides in me…will bear much fruit” (John 15; 5) and most importantly “Abide in Him, that when He appears, we may ..not be ashamed before Him at His coming”. (1 John 2; 28).

It cannot be overstated that we must ‘abide in Christ’ to receive the blessings of the Christian life while on this earth and in eternity. Jesus wants to be a part of every experience we have and every moment we live. And nothing short of that kind of commitment will be found acceptable in the end.

We are building in sorrow or joy,
A temple the world may not see.
Which time cannot mar nor destroy;
We are building for eternity. (We are Building for Eternity)