Christianity Summed up in (4) Words
I think the basics of Christianity can be boiled down to four words. These four words get to the very heart of what it takes to not only be a Christian, but also what it takes to be a true disciple of Christ. These are the words:
1) ADMIT (Romans 3:23) We have to admit that we are sinners. The word admit needs to go two directions: admit this to God and admit this to ourselves. We have to make a deliberate decision to turn from our sins and turn to Christ. When we do this—it is the salvation experience. This is the beginning point to the Christian life. The Christian life does not begin with church membership or baptism—it begins with admitting we are sinners and are in need of a Savior.
2) SUBMIT (James 4:7-8) In this passage of scripture the word “submit” is a military term. It simply means “to put under the control of someone else”. As Christians, we need to submit—to totally yield every area of our life to Christ. Submission means we put Christ first. We submit to Him—our time, our talents, our money, our thoughts, our family, our work, our future, our dreams. We do not yield 90% to Him, but 100%. “Lord, I give you total control of my life”.
3) COMMIT (Psalm 37:5) I have a new habit I am trying to develop. Each morning when I wake up—before I even get out of bed, I try take a few seconds to say a simple prayer that goes something like this: “Lord, take this day—I give it to you. Direct my steps. I commit to you where I go, what I say, what I do—may this day bring glory to You”. Oswald Chambers said this, “the primary word in the spiritual vocabulary is NOW”. All we have is today, the present, the “now”. Let’s commit all of that to Him.
4) TRANSMIT (Acts 1:8) The message of Christ is to be shared. This scripture says that we are to be a witness. A witness simply gives testimony of what we know to be true and what we have experienced. We are to share the good news that Christ loves us and through the death & resurrection of Christ—He made it possible for us to have an abundant life here, and a future home in heaven.