If we focus on church, do we distort our focus on Jesus?

For centuries church has been the focus of Christianity, but the risen Jesus is calling us to make Him the focus. The personality Christians need to follow and popularize, isn’t a contemporary pastor or politician. It’s the living Jesus.

When Jesus said, “Follow Me,” He didn’t mean, “Just be a church attendee.” A “Call to Worship” is an invitation to adore Jesus. “O come let us adore Him.” A church “Benediction” isn’t a spiritual eviction. Leave the building, but continue to adore Jesus Christ thru out the week.

To go to church for a weekly sit-thru, does little good, unless you walk thru life, following the living Jesus. (Perhaps we make too much ado
About a weekly sermon sit-thru.)

It’s easy to be
A church attendee;
But hard to say,
Jesus send me,
And then obey.

People remember what they walk thru, but quickly forget what they just sit thru. Make church memorable. Let people walk out the Bible together. After an hour, church is through with you, but the living Jesus calls for 24/7/365.

It takes great confidence in God to truly humble yourself. To change your focus, sort your thoughts for kindness, truth, and hopefulness. Toss out the ones that don’t measure up. Learn to admire beauty–to be in awe and ponder the wonder of its magnificence.

When it comes to Jesus, take in the air of admiration; let your heart be amazed at His presence. Jesus said to “make disciples,” not church attendees. Christianity’s about God’s fire burning in you, not sermons that you sit thru.

No matter how many sermons you’ve sat thru, it boils down to this: Are you daily following and obeying the risen Jesus?

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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