Too often Christianity presents Christ like a tame lion locked up in a cage on Sunday mornings. Dare we let Him out? Is Christianity, presented without wonder, passion, surprise, power, conviction, and awe, biblical Christianity?
Perhaps Christians in church spend too much time listening to things we already know instead of doing things we need to learn. In most churches the body of Christ is all ears (except, of course, for the preacher). Christians get stuck in a preacher’s solitary pronouncements and often miss the wisdom of the people in the congregation.
Christianity is like knitting. You learn it by doing it, not by hearing talks about it. People learn to pray by praying, not by hearing sermons about prayer. Christians learn to forgive by forgiving, not by a sermon series on forgiveness.
Christians aren’t called to just listen to a preacher. They’re called to be preachers! Share the Light!
John the Baptist said to clear the way for the Lord. Today church still needs to clear out whatever is blocking the Lord. Church is often like a spiritual logjam, blocking Jesus’ rivers of living water, trying to help people survive on dry river beds. It’s irrelevant how much Bible you know if you refuse to let the Holy Spirit freely flow.
People meet for unorganized conversations all the time. Why don’t we climb out of the box and meet for unorganized praise & worship? Controlled and contained Christian meetings can’t freely flow with Christ’s contagious joy and power.
When the flow of the Holy Spirit is shut down, church tends to rely on programs, rituals, talks, and entertainment. Our ways are not God’s ways. (Isaiah. 55:8) Following our own human ways leads us away from God’s ways.
The next time you are in church, learn by doing not by listening. Do what you want to learn–forgive, pray with someone, encourage, testify, etc. Instead of making people sit and silently listen in church], perhaps we could do what the Bible says and let them “spur” and “encourage” one another! “Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another.” Hebrews 10:25
When Christians gather around the living Jesus they don’t need a program because He will personally lead and direct them. Unfortunately, church invites Jesus to meet with us but allows Him no time in the meeting to do anything.
It’s more important to have a heart that’s tender to the Holy Spirit than to be a church “attender.”People aren’t supposed to attend the kingdom of God. We are supposed to live it out and demonstrate it in our daily lives. Early Christianity was a grassroots movement that followed Christ. Today it seems more like a monument to memorialize Him.
Jesus didn’t come to start Sunday morning church meetings, but to establish the kingdom (government) of God, in human hearts. The kingdom of God is not subject to human programming, direction, or management. It’s run directly by God.
Following Christ is a lifetime marathon, not a once and done! Sort your thoughts. Refute and reject the destructive ones; embrace & cultivate the uplifting ones. If you don’t resist evil in your heart, it will eventually control you from within.
Christ’s kingdom is inside out. He wants to govern people’s conscience, not to be a figurehead in a human institution. If we put as much focus on letting God govern our conscience as we do on who governs our country, we’d be transformed from within.
If human beings are controlling it and calling the shots, it’s not the kingdom of God. It’s sad that, to avoid being saturated by the Holy Spirit we put up our umbrellas of religion and control.