You could say that I’ve grown up in church. I’ve been adventurous enough to see a few different countries and experience different cultures. One might say, I would consider myself quite worldly. I have studied the Bible my entire life and have a pretty good consistent prayer life and close relationship with God. So, when I sat listening to Don Sunshine speak this past Sunday at my church, I was blown away at the truth that smacked me straight my face! Christians. Well let’s just say we aren’t exactly the people we think we are collectively.
The truth is you don’t have to go far on the internet to see what the world thinks about us. I’ll warn you, it’s not a pretty picture we’ve painted of ourselves. To the world we’ve become complacent hypocritical people, basking in the glow of a salvation that we don’t deserve and was never really ours to begin with. We have taken our salvation for granted! We drink and party on Friday night and are the first to give an “Amen!” during Sunday service. Now, we will all tell you that we believe Jesus died on the cross to save us for our sins. But for some odd reason this is where our ideas of being a Christian start to deviate from one another. You see, one Christian will say, I only need to go to church on Sunday and that’s enough. Another Christian will say, they need to be there every time the doors open. And yet another Christian will say, Jesus abolished the church completely and therefore I can just be a televangelist and don’t need to go any further than my lazy boy chair on Sunday mornings, sipping my freshly brewed pot of coffee, because the best part of waking up is a little Furtick in your cup! (Sorry Steven, so offence meant here)
Before this past Sunday, I would have sympathized with each of them in one way or another. Maybe one day is all they need to get through the week to be a good Christian. Perhaps, they are going through a hard time and church is the only place the pain goes away so they want to be here all the time. Maybe they work six days a week and just want to have one day where they don’t have to get up and get dressed to go somewhere. Sound familiar?
What if I told you, they were all wrong! Dead wrong! That being a good Christian isn’t about how many times a week you go to church or even how much money you give. What if I told you the biggest problem behind why the world isn’t jumping onto our bandwagon is us! Just think about it for a minute. Now, I realize that may offend some people but if we are going to make a change, we have to get honest and get real! As I sat in service this past Sunday that’s exactly what I did. The truth about who I was a Christian hit me square between the eyes. I too had it wrong. What made it worse is the truth is written in RED! In the bible! Yes, Jesus himself not said it but commanded it from us, his followers.
“Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
Please understand, I’m not saying that you don’t need church because I strongly encourage everyone to get plugged into a church somewhere. I believe God has a calling for all of us but amid all of this we cannot forget the single most important thing that Jesus asked us to do. Share the gospel with non-believers so they may be saved. If we aren’t doing that on a daily, then we need to think twice when we tell someone we are a Christian. Since Sunday my prayers have consistently been for God to show me ways to share the gospel with others! I can’t wait to see what adventures God has in store for me.
From a Christian Girl whose just out there trying to change the world!