Has the Christianity we profess become a practical reality in our lives? This is a question every Christian should ask himself, for entirely too many of us are fooling ourselves.

Attendance at church, activity in church programs, or identification with the church as an organization are to many people synonymous with Christianity. It is that so few Christians exhibit qualities emanating from supernaturally transformed lives that the cause of Christ lags and unbelieving people see little in us to attract them to the altogether lovely One.

Shortly before his crucifixion, our Lord spoke to his disciples on the imperative of living close to him. He likened this truth to something they could see and understand, namely, a vine and its branches.

“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”

This profound truth, so simply expressed, should arrest and humble every person who names the name of Christ.

Strange to say there are Christians who feel capable of living their own lives when it comes to “minor” matters, and only turn to God when the going gets rough or when a problem of seeming magnitude confronts them.

However, none of us can clearly distinguish between what is truly of minor importance at the moment and what may prove to be a pressing issue of life, for often it is a little thing that blossoms out into a matter of tremendous import.

Unwilling to take our Lord’s words at face value, some persons will insist they are getting along very well. They may look at nominal or non-Christians and point out that they are obviously successful. We see all around us business and professional people who are unquestionably successful ...

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