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Like any other association, the Christian faith needs to be maximized, groomed, nourished, and adequately nurtured to reach its full potential. No man becomes a mature Christian by chance. It takes a lot of responsibility and commitment.

Apostle Paul admonished Timothy, a young minister of the Gospel; he said, "Meditate on this things, give thyself wholly to them, that thy profiting may appear to all" (1 Timothy 4-15). It is not enough to be saved; if you don't apply yourself wholly to the principles that got you converted, you will miss it.

On a daily basis, thousands of people give their lives to Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, but sadly enough, most of them backslide without truly maximizing their calling in Christ Jesus.

One of the cardinal reasons that will aid a Christian to maximize his faith is to realize that Christianity is personal warfare and adventure. Remember when you received the Lord Jesus, you boldly declared Him as your 'Personal' Lord and Savior, not a 'family' or a 'congregational' Lord and Saviour.

This is an important reality that every convert or Christian has to come to terms with; it is awesome to congregate. Even the Bible warns us not to forsake the gathering of the brethren. It teaches us the importance God attached to congregating as Christians, but the truth of the matter is that each one of us has an individualistic and personal responsibility in growing and sustaining our faith in Christ Jesus.

Beloved, no matter how anointed or gifted your pastor may be, there is still no substitute for personal growth and development in the area of prayer, faith, holiness, and righteousness. Apostle Paul in his letter to the Philippians Church, emphasized, "Therefore my beloved, not as in my presence, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. (Philippians 2:12-13).

I'm tempted to ask you even as we proceed in this discourse: will you continue to be a Christian if your pastor decides to denounce Jesus today. Will you continue to be a Christian if you lose those valuable things in life?

There are Christian's who don't go to church if the senior pastor or prophet is not in church; it tells you where their hearts belong to, "For where your treasure is there your heart will be also" (Matthew 6:21)

Friend, you must not be ignorant of the things that sustain your livelihood for you to truly maximize your Christian faith or do exploits in any endeavors. Many believers are in shambles today not because God is not willing to bless them or not because the devil is that powerful but because of their ignorance about the word of God.

Everything a believer will ever need is rapped down in the word of God. "In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him and without Him nothing was made that was made. (John 1:1-3).

Beloved, if you are in shackles today, either in your career, business, marriage, or ministry, one thing is sure about that situation is either the word is not known, or the word is not understood. Anytime the word of God is known and understood, there is liberation. "Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. (Psalm 119:105). Any Christian that will truly maximize his faith must depart from all manner of trivialities in the church.

In my few years of serving in the vineyard of the Lord, I have personally witnessed church members stop going to church not because the word of God is not preached but simply because he was sick and no church member visited.

Meanwhile, the same scenario can be demonstrated at his workplace but yet he will not resign. Am I saying church members shouldn't be supported or visited where necessary? Certainly not; our faith should transcend beyond humanly visitations and support.

We all once enjoyed such acts of kindness, but with time we grew. Apostle Paul admonishes the church in Corinth said, "When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought like a child, but when I became a man I put away childish things."(1 Corinthians 13:11)

In conclusion, there is so much therein for us to do for the kingdom of God that we can't afford to continue championing minor issues while the major task is left unattended. People lament over irrelevant matters in the church but are comfortable in their sins and stagnation in their faith.

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