Another presidential election season is upon us and politics are at the forefront of the news almost on a daily basis. Each of the candidates are asked questions regarding their views on various issues. The public wants to know what political platform they stand upon, they desire to find out what they are all about. Hopefully when the election is over and the smoke clears they will be faithful to live up to what they promised on the campaign trail.
Believers in Christ also have a platform of beliefs that they should not only proudly proclaim but faithfully live. First of all we need to be cross-centered. Paul challenges all of God’s children with his testimony in Gal. 2:20: “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me”. The cross of Christ is the beginning of our relationship with God. We are to preach the cross, glory in the cross, and take up the cross. Through the cross our sin debt is canceled and our life of faith can be victorious. Followers of Jesus have another platform. We are Spirit-led. God leads His children by the presence of the indwelling Holy Spirit. In Gal. 5:16-22 Paul calls us to walk in the Spirit, live in the Spirit, be led by the Spirit and produce the fruit of the Spirit. All of these commands show that the believer is given an inward enabling power to live the Christian life. Christians also are called to be Bible-directed. The scriptures are our compass through the uncharted territory of this world. They are our guidebook to life and our platform for behavior. Finally God’s people are to be praise-filled. When Paul and Silas were imprisoned for their faith they faced their difficulties by singing praises to God at midnight.
God’s people should stand on the platform of being cross-centered, Spirit-led, Bible-directed, and praise-filled. May these realities not be a campaign promise but our daily lifestyle.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation