LENIN’S BIG FOUR – Dare we, for OUR cause?

In London in the early 1900s, the Communist movement was only a handful of people, but in a short time it embraced over one third of the world population!

How did it grow so quickly?

There are possibly many reasons, but one major factor in its early growth was LENIN – Vladimir Ilyich Lenin born Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov – a Russian communist revolutionary, politician and political theorist who served as the leader of the Russian SFSR from 1917, and then concurrently as Premier of the Soviet Union from 1922, until 1924.

As the leader of the Bolshevik faction of the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party, he took a senior role in orchestrating the October Revolution in 1917, which led to the overthrow of the Russian Provisional Government and the establishment of the Russian Socialist Federative Soviet Republic, the world’s first constitutionally socialist state.

Lenin met with a small group of communists in London in the early 1900’s set down these four “totals”

1.  TOTAL ACCEPTANCE of the cause.
2.  TOTAL DEDICATION to the cause.
3.  TOTAL DISCIPLINE in the cause.
4.  TOTAL ACTION for the cause.

With that type of commitment to the cause,
is it any wonder it grew so rapidly?

While not praising Lenin in any way (far from it) I wonder what would happen if we used His four “totals” but applied them to our ministry

What would happen if every Christian
adopted the four “totals” to our “cause” – to the Lord Jesus Christ?

TOTAL ACCEPTANCE    –   of the LORDSHIP of Christ;
TOTAL DEDICATION    –   to Him and His work;
TOTAL DISCIPLINE    –   in keeping His standards;
TOTAL ACTION    –   in His service?

Is this too much to ask?  
Is it possible?

It starts with each individual

What does it involve?  It is like taking a blank sheet of paper, signing your name at the bottom, and giving it to the Lord to fill in the details.

As the offering plate came to a little girl at the end of a row, she took the plate, put it on the floor and stood in it.  When the usher asked what she was doing, she said, “I learned in Sunday School that God wants me to give myself to Him.” 

Romans 12:1-2 
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God,
that you present your bodies a living sacrifice,
holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 
And do not be conformed to this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,
that you may prove
what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Colossians 1:18
that in all things Christ may have the preeminence

Colossians 3:1-3
If then you were raised with Christ,
seek those things which are above,
where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.
Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

Let earth no more my heart divide.
With Christ my self is crucified.
To Him my whole being I aspire,
Dead to the world and all its toys;
Its idle pomp and fading joys.
Be Thou alone my one desire!

Challenge:  Do we dare to take a blank sheet of paper, sign it at the bottom, and hand it to God, with a pledge of the four ‘totals’ to Him and His cause?

What difference in the life and behaviour would you expect to see?

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I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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8 Responses to LENIN’S BIG FOUR – Dare we, for OUR cause?

  1. Rob Barkman says:

    Thank you for such an encouraging post… we all need a reminder of the need to be totally “sold out” for the cause of Christ. It is all too easy to get sidetracked from His service by the things of this world. Lord bless you. Thank you again for faithfully declaring the Word.

    • Thanks Rob.
      Once again, considering the total dedication of Lenin to an unworthy cause, I wonder at the LACK of total dedication to the greatest cause this world has ever known or will ever know – the cause of Christ. And I speak to myself as much as to others. I need to be more dedicated – totally dedicated – to Him.

      We serve an amazing God who alone is worthy to be praised.

  2. Ben Nelson says:

    wow – i never got so much out of a Russian history lesson before. This is really good. You have captured the essence of a life completely in love with Jesus.

    • Thanks Ben. I hesitate to use people like Lenin, but the fact is that we CAN learn from history. Many ideas and ideologies that have caused great harm can be used to great good when the DIRECTION and goal of them is changed.

      We see this in children. The boisterous, unruly, always-in-mischief children – when the direction of their energy and enthusiasm is changed – make the best spiritual leaders of the future. This is why I’ve always spent more time with the ‘hopeless’ or ‘problem’ (in the words of other leaders) children, and many years later I’ve been rewarded by seeing that energy turned around and put into good use in ministry. All praise to the only One who could change them!

      >> “a life completely in love with Jesus”
      A wonderful way to put it. Is there any other way, considering all He has done and is doing and will do for us?

      What an amazing God!

  3. ptl2010 says:

    Thank you for the challenge, Cloudwatcher.
    Total Acceptance, Total Dedication, Total Discipline, Total Action for The Lord – it is my prayer that it will be so for all who are involved in ChristiansBlessings. No half measure is acceptable Yes I am committed and by His grace and strength we shall attain for Him.

    • Thanks E. I believe time is running out and we need to reach so many. I wish more unbelievers read our posts, but if all believers who do read are challenged to accept our ministry of reconcilation and reach out to those who do not believe, with total commitment to our Lord and His cause, we will see the blessings of God and give Him praise for His goodness and the privilege of being used by Him.

      We serve an amazing God!

  4. Wonderful! Angela, I stumbled upon your post, and I am glad I did. The four totals fascinate me. I sure could use them as a moral compass. Luke 9:23, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and pick up his cross daily and follow me”, is intertwine in those four totals.

    Thanks so much for sharing. God blesses.

    • Thanks Noel. I’ve just come from your post where we looked at taking up the cross.

      I hesitated to use Lenin but whatever else, we must agree his four ‘totals’ had an impact – an impact (with a different object) I’d like to see in Christianity.

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