This is a dangerous post. Let’s talk about something that people don’t talk about.
We are ‘to become more like Jesus’, that’s what the Bible says – but are we?
When I really think about this I have to admit that sometimes, in fact, maybe a lot of the time, I am not as much like Jesus as I could be. Now there’s a confession. Hope it doesn’t lose me my Pastor credentials.
Be honest. Think about it for a moment…if Jesus were about, where we would He be most of the time? In Church? Or possibly outside, connecting with people, hanging out with the lost, the lonely, the broken, the law-breakers, the outcasts – everyone most people work hard to avoid.
Questions I have been asking myself: Do I spend too much time about the business of Church and not enough time with people, non-Church people? I have a vision for Xcel Church Darlington…it involves seeing many lives changed, transformed by Jesus. Is it right that I ask those that already come to go out into their worlds, reach out to family, friends and work colleagues but not work as hard at that myself.
Let me say this: I am determined to reach people. To become a bringer. To be an influencer. To connect in a normal, non-whacky spiritual way – just me, getting to know someone else. To answer their questions, to be honest with them and hopefully help them discover the truth about Jesus for themselves.
This thought is not original…I read in a book about a Pastor who asked about 20 of his team if any of them had hung out with some non-Christians that week, socialising with them in non-Church activities. The answer….100% no! We are meant to live in the world but not according to the worlds culture. Maybe we have retreated too much and are hiding our ‘light under the bucket’ instead of just being ready, willing and available to live a great Christian life and seize the opportunities when they come – not force the issue all the time.
So, changes a foot. A different schedule needed. Spending time in the business of Church is important but spending too much time surely misses the point. I feel the need to ‘live full’ but ‘die empty’ so whatever happens I need to make sure I am giving it everything I can to see people into the Kingdom.
Hope thats not too honest and that it makes sense…just where God is prodding me at the moment.
What is your answer to this question?