Are there days when you feel more like the one lost sheep than the ninety-nine resting peacefully at home? One of two simple possibilities explain the trouble facing individual Christ-followers and the body as a whole. The first divides the sheep from the goats. The second may help lost sheep understand why they feel so removed from the Good Shepherd’s protection.

1. Do you believe God/Jesus is who He says in His Word? That He can and will do everything He promised?

This is a faith question. It requires you to affirmatively state who you believe is Lord; the God of the Bible or another? God cannot be both. He can’t be “I AM” and “I AM NOT” at the same time. One of the most popular exercises in modern-religion is remaking Christ into our image rather than seeking to become more like His.

For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.Romans 4:13

2. If you believe in Jesus Christ as God and the only door to eternal life, are you more focused on His concerns or your own? Have you been concentrating more on Me or Thee?

In a simple click-through post Beliefnet.com answers the question, “In a world plagued with one crisis after another, what are the biggest issues facing American Christians today?” The world is beating at the door of our homes and hearts, threatening our peace that passes understanding. The world isn’t going to back down. That means we have to ramp up.

Is you’re one of those lost sheep or know someone who is, I recommend clicking through the gallery presented in the article. Each of the following 10 options is concisely and thoughtfully covered.

Which is the biggest issue facing Christians today?

  1. Diluted faith
  2. Pride
  3. Bible illiteracy
  4. Closed minds
  5. Lack of direction
  6. Lukewarm commitment
  7. Lack of honesty
  8. Bad publicity
  9. Ignoring the basics
  10. Unwillingness to serve

Do you see a common thread among all ten? Wishy-washy faith, pride, ignorance, lack of purpose, fear, and self-centeredness are all bad fruits of improper focus. But which comes first, renewed commitment or more-targeted focus?

The first step in fixing a problem is defining it. What do you think is the primary challenge to Christians today?


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