The goal of every Christian must be to live a righteous, sober and godly life. (Titus 2:11-12.) One becomes a Christian by obeying from the heart the gospel of Christ. "But God be thanked, that; ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteous­ness." (Romans 6:17-18.)


      The gospel is the story of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:1-4.) Those who obey the gospel (a) Hear God's word, (Romans 10:11-18), (b) Believe in Christ, (John 20:30-31), (c) Repent of sins, (Luke 13:3), (d) Confess faith in Christ, (Matthew 10:32) and (e) Submit to baptism in water. (Acts 22:16.) Following baptism is the Christian Life.


      THE CHRISTIAN LIFE INVOLVES LIVING BY THE SPIRIT. Christians must live a clean and godly life. Living by the Spirit means living a good life. (Romans 8:13.)


      THE CHRISTIAN LIFE INVOLVES LEARNING. It is impossible to be faithful in Christian  Living   without  a   study  of  God's word. Through study Christians gain God's approval. (2 Timothy 2:15.)


      THE CHRISTIAN LIFE INVOLVES LOVING. The Christian life will involve pure and sincere love. It would be impossible to separate Christian Living from sincere love. (1 Peter 1:22.)


      THE CHRISTIAN LIFE INVOLVES LEAVING. The old life must be left behind as one becomes new in Christ. The Christian leaves the old to become humble, loving, kind, teach­able and obedient in spirit. (2 Corinthians 5:17.)


      THE CHRISTIAN LIFE INVOLVES LOOKING. The Christian is ever Looking for the appearing of the Lord , Jesus Christ. (Titus 2:13.) "Come Lord Jesus."


      As a Christian you must make your calling and election sure through Christian growth. (2 Peter 1:5-9.) If you are living, learning, lov­ing, leaving and looking you will be prepared for eternity. "For so an entrance shall be min­istered unto you abundantly into the everlast­ing kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ." (2 Peter 1:11.) If you are a Chris­tian LIVE a faithful Christian life. (Revelation 2:10.)


By Charles Box, Walnut Street Church of Christ, P.O. Box 551, Greenville, Alabama 36037 USA