Another wonderful part of salvation and being a real, live, born-again Christian is the list of qualifications that we receive as part of that. I am one who believes that our purpose can be distilled down to living a Christ-centered life, worshiping the Lord, spreading the gospel and praying without ceasing. If I can manage any of those things, the one that is most critical for me is prayer. Communication, communication, communication – That covers it. God Himself has communicated with us in the form of the Holy Scriptures. It is the word of God. Read it and pray. Listen to it and pray. Study it and pray. The word of God is your qualification to execute the task of availability to serve God’s purpose. Think of the human family structure and how the specie’s survival is based on communication between parent and child. It is even common throughout much of the animal kingdom. Prayer and study is your communication link with the Lord. Prayer and study is your qualification for the task of being available for the Lord.
Live your life in a Christ-centered fashion. There exists a profound outline for that and it can be found in the scriptures. Go to the gospel of Mark, chapter 12 and read two verses, 30 and 31. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second one is this: Love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:30-31 NIV). If you will read the scriptures, establish and maintain an open communication line of prayer between you and Lord and follow the instructions in those two verses of Mark, you will be well on your way to a Christ-centered life. Salvation is free and it is easy. It is a gift. Living a Christ-centered life is not necessarily easy. Your dad was right when he told you to not expect that anything worthwhile would ever be easy. Living a Christ-centered life and living it out loud may well be both the hardest and the best things that you will ever do. To use the vernacular, it is so worth the effort.