Many of us just do church. We do church like we do sports, school, work, hobbies, and other activities. Christianity gets put on our checklist of things we should do. It gets bumped up and down on the list depending on the priorities of the things we want to do and the urgency of the things we have to do. Daily we make choices on what to do with our time and in the end I think we would be surprised at just how little time we spend with God, with His people, and at His church. This seems a brazen contradiction for people who are heirs to the Kingdom, fellow heirs with Christ and children of the Almighty God. Shouldn’t we desire to spend the majority of our time with God and with the people of God carrying on the work Christ came to do in this world? Shouldn’t we desire to be people of the truth who grow up to be mature disciples in unity, maturing in our relationship with one another and with God and going out together to engage the world with the Gospel message?
Shouldn’t we be so enamored with doing the work of Christ in our world that it consumes us to the point that everyone that knows us and knows our passion would always know what we are doing and where to find us?
Jesus himself seemed frustrated at the idea that the people around him acted as if they did not know where to find him. When his parents finally located him in the temple, after he had turned up missing as a boy, he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” When Jesus was in the garden, he said to the guards who came to arrest him, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? Day after day I sat in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me.” Who Jesus was, dictated what Jesus did and where Jesus went. His passion to do the will of the father weighed so heavily upon him that it consumed all that He did. We should all desire to have this kind of passion for the things of God.
In Ephesians 5 we are called to be imitators of God. “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Imitate Christ. Walk like He walked, love like he loved, give the way he gave. It’s a call to sacrifice. Are we willing to take this challenge on? Are we willing to step up and be imitators of God in a world that is opposed to such ideas?
Imagine if we began to understand that discipleship is not a class, its a lifestyle! Imagine if we all began to understand that Christianity isn’t something we do, it’s who we are. Imagine if we had such passion for Christ that the priorities in life would fade into the distance in comparison to the weight of the glory of knowing Christ and making Him known. Maybe then we would truly understand what it means to be a disciple. For believers, I think it’s time we stop imagining and start living. Are you in or out?
“No one can sum up all God is able to accomplish through one solitary life, wholly yielded, adjusted, and obedient to Him.” — D.L.Moody