In the cell phone world there is 3G and 4G service allowing us to connect with one another at any time and place (usually). I happened to think about 3G’s relating to believers in Jesus Christ the other day and thought others might be blessed by them. As a pastor/teacher, part of my spiritual gifts include receiving and giving messages to the Body of Christ, so here goes.
GOING TO HEAVEN
As Christians we know that we are “Going to Heaven” because of the shed Blood of Christ, and that is our first “G”. This “G” corresponds to what I call “babyhood faith,” because as new believers this is about the extent of our revelation. But hopefully, we will not remain spiritual babes for long, but will get into the Word of God and start growing up in Christ.
This brings us to our second “G” – “Growing Up”, or what I call “maturing faith.” The Bible speaks of Moses “when he came to years” (Hebrews 11:24-27) as having made some mature choices that resulted in him becoming the leader who brought Israel out of Egyptian bondage. The Word says that Moses“chose to suffer affliction with God’s people rather than to enjoy the pleasures of Egypt.” As we grow up in Christ, we must realize that confessing Christ publicly may result in some persecution as well, but we embrace it by the grace of God. Moses also had spiritual values because he “esteemed the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt.” How true it is that when we encounter the Living Christ, our appetites change and we consider Him our greatest treasure. Finally, Moses demonstrates the level of maturity he had reached by “not fearing the wrath of the king (Pharaoh), for he endured seeing Him who is invisible.” Moses lost the fear of Pharaoh when he had revelation of his God Who was greater than all the kings of the Earth. We also can grow spiritually to live like Moses did even during hardship, persecution, and unfavorable circumstances (like having an army chasing you into the sea).
GOING INTO THE WORLD
The last “G” is “Going into the World.” I call this “ministry faith.” We have “babyhood faith,” “maturing faith,” and “ministry faith.” Our spiritual growth is not complete until we have reached this third dimension, where we are actually doing the “works of Jesus” by going into all the world with the Good News and proclaiming it to others. We not only share the Gospel with others, but we do what Jesus did by praying for healing, deliverance and miracles that will exalt God and confirm our message of faith in the resurrected Christ.
Are you a 3G Christian yet?