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?
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
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.”
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.
that in all things Christ may have the preeminence
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?