When life throws punches and it seems everything is raining down at once it is easy to feel overwhelmed. My pastor recently said in a sermon that the church today has preached an easy believing message that essentially paints the picture that all we need to do is raise a hand or come down to the altar to “Be Saved” . There is little or no talk about the cost of following Christ.
In fact when you look at the early church there is a very different message modeled there. We who say we believe should look very different from the world around us, we should/would be ridiculed… even persecuted, in fact many people would probably label us fanatics in the sense that our claims and proclamations would sound bizarre to a world that does not know or accept that Jesus is Lord.
I am not suggesting that we should be in burlap shouting from street corners, however neither should we be slow to share who Jesus is and how he has impacted our lives… or maybe that is the root of the problem… maybe Jesus hasn’t really impacted our lives, maybe we just want to nest under the idea that we get to go to heaven because “We believe in Jesus”?
Belief is not enough, even the demons believe and perish! Faith is an active living out day by day that trusts and rests in the truths of the bible and it means being vulnerable, we practice self-protection in our “Christianity” because we want to be happy and “if we believe in Jesus only good things should happen to us”.
Self protected, self-absorbed, self-directed lives are oxymoronic to true Christianity because true Christianity places others before one’s own needs or desires, it calls for a broken and repentant spirit that recognizes that apart from Christ I can do nothing! It revels in the opportunity to serve others and to share the “Good News” with people everywhere. (Share, not cram down their throats without love or grace)
How much sharing do we do outside of the pulpit?