Much instruction and little implementation make Christianity a dull endeavor. Tell me and I forget, even if you preach to me weekly. Help me implement biblical revelation and I’ll be a daring doer of the word.
Lectures about electricity won’t turn on a single light. Neither will lectures about God. To be theologized by teaching and tradition, yet not energized by the living Jesus, misses the point of Christianity.
To hear and understand the good news about Jesus, but not feel Him energizing you from within, is to miss the thrill of the Gospel. Like the blood that keeps me physically alive, Jesus surges thru and energizes my spirit.
Hearing a sermon can be a spiritual step, but without heartfelt meditation and actual implementation, it won’t take you very far. When the preacher preaches it, but doesn’t train people to do it, they come back week by week wanting him to “preach it” again. The Sunday morning hearer habit has made it hard for Christians to be “doers of the word” by promoting comfortable passivity.
Surrendering to dependence on the living God is much more powerful than pursuing independence from Him. To come to God for mercy and forgiveness is life changing. To come demanding approval can be quite stressful.
Biblical Christianity is about surrender — laying down your will and desires to hear and obey the risen Jesus. Somehow the biblical concept of the body of Christ morphed into the idea of one man speaking to a passive group of spectators.
Christians thrive in an environment where they are individually free to listen to and obey the risen Jesus, together. However, Christians without God’s power are like a car with no gas — really good at going downhill. Too many people are living off God’s grid — disconnected from His power.
The best measure of a Christian life isn’t church attendance, but intimacy with, passion for, and obedience to the risen Jesus. Discipleship shows people the risen Jesus, trains them to hear and obey Him, and actively involves them in radically following Him. A true disciple is someone who has been transformed from self-interest to Christ-focus — from daily pride to deep humility. In the Bible, salvation includes radical discipleship. Discipleship isn’t an add-on, an option, or an extra.
True Christianity transforms your desires to align with Christ. It doesn’t endorse aligning your behaviors to your desires. It’s normal to settle into a pattern and/or a comfort zone, but Jesus calls people to follow Him into uncharted situations. Jesus said, “I am the way,” but it’s easier to follow programs, curriculum, liturgy, and preachers.
Your conscience often tells you things that you don’t want to hear, therefore it’s not just your own thoughts. Perhaps it is God calling you to listen to Him.
Jesus invites us to experience joys and glories of Heaven here and now. We don’t have to only imagine.
Grace doesn’t mean that there’s nothing for you to do. Grace means: GET GOING IN THE FREE GIFT OF GOD’S POWER! If instead, you overfeed your desires and continually dance to their tune, they will transform into monsters. Behavior driven by desires, feelings, and self-focus, falls far short of behavior prompted & energized by Christ.
Since church services aren’t available most hours of the week, Christ-followers need to learn to hear and obey Jesus on their own. My book can help you do that. Search for: Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience the Lost Word of the Bible–Ekklesia.