Q. How long should it take to move from childhood to Christian maturity?
A. The Bible says, As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may grow thereby (I Peter 2:2). It is, therefore, the divine intention that we do not remain spiritual children, but become mature Christian adults, worthy associates of Jesus Christ. The path to maturity may vary, however, depending on the study of the Word, earnest prayer, a daily effort to live up to the principles of Scripture and the help of God. Work at it because Christian maturity is the greatest need in Christianity today.
Q. Why are so many people not Christians?
A. There may be many reasons, but one of the chief ones is that too many unsaved people have never met a real Christian. Too many Christians are poor examples of the faith and as a result, many are not attracted to Jesus Christ. We must pray for them and attempt each day to be a shining example of the truth of the Word.
Q. Is anything better than riches?
A. A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold (Proverbs 22:1). Human riches will perish at the using, but the possession most to be desired is to live a life that is approved of God.
Q. What is the best advice that you can give to a young person?
A. Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity (I Tim. 4:12).
Q. When will Christ come again?
A. Be sure, first of all, that Jesus will come again. We are not told the time in Scripture because we are to expect Him every day, every hour. To pursue a given date is foolish, but to live each day in great expectation of His return is the attitude of a wise man.
Q. As a Christian, I have not lived a perfect life. Can I still be sure I am going to heaven?
A. Salvation is not determined by the life that you live. It is rather determined by the death that Jesus died on your behalf on the cross of Calvary. A Christian may fail the Lord many times, but his salvation is unaffected by this. It is the blood of Jesus Christ that produces salvation. The Bible says about the Lord Jesus, Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever lives to make intercession for them (Heb. 7:25). Remember the couplet which says, How Thou canst love me as I am And be the God Thou art Is darkness to my intellect But sunshine in my heart.
Q. How shall I invest my money?
A. Most human promotions, in answer to that question, are bogus, money losing schemes. Money should be used to buy treasures in heaven, rather than simply stacking up wealth. Be careful, be prayerful, and be plenty cynical about human financial advice. One of the best things to do is to invest in the Gospel.
Q. Are there rewards for serving Christ?
A. Yes, indeed. Paul describes the accomplishments of our lives as producing gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble. Then the Scripture says, Every mans work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall test every mans work of what sort it is. If any mans work abide which he has built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any mans work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shallbe saved; yet so as by fire (I Cor. 3:13-15).
Surely one of the great moments of eternity will be to hear Jesus say, Well done, thou good and faithful servant.
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