Jesus? Active or inactive?

An inactive Jesus must be explained by sermons, but the living Jesus wants to actively demonstrate His presence. Shall we let Him?

A tightly programmed and controlled church service reveals unbelief in the ability of the active Jesus to personally lead the meeting. Christianity is so much more than a group of inactive people passively sitting in rows to hear a weekly religious talk.

If the preacher doesn’t show up, the Sunday show doesn’t go on. If Jesus doesn’t show up, no one seems to notice.

Ever since I first encountered and began to follow the living Jesus, I’ve found that simply settling into the traditional church format isn’t the best choice for my relationship with Him. Merely attending church encourages me to be a spectator and to see Christianity as a once-a-week thing that a professional speaker does for me. It tempts me to see Jesus as an inactive historical figure who I merely need to learn about instead of seeing Him as the active and present King and Lord who calls me to ever surrender my life and my will to Him.

God has blessed me with a deep hunger for so much more of Jesus’ presence. The Holy Spirit continually calls me beyond church as usual and to daily dependance and reliance on the risen Jesus. He nudges and prompts me from within to obey His specific directions to me and to truly trust in God with heart-felt faith during everyday situations. The Spirit connects me heart-to-heart with other believers and as we listen to and obey the living Jesus together, we behold and experience Him actively and powerfully working in and through us.

The active Jesus will disturb an inactive Christian! Too many Christians are seeking preachers and/or religious celebrities instead of seeking “first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.” Christians are famous for sitting down for church. Now it’s time to stand up and show the love, power, and presence of Jesus!

Churches present Jesus as distant and inactive. The truth is just the opposite! Pastors who believe that Jesus is inactive feel an ongoing need to control church services.

When churches gather around an inactive Jesus, everything must be done by someone else. But when they gather around the living Jesus, He can run things Himself!

Church attendance is often used as an excuse for not obeying Jesus in daily life. To follow the inactive Jesus all you need to do is sit and hear a talk. To follow the active Jesus, you have to get up and get going!

The active Jesus works in and through everyday people. The inactive Jesus depends on sermons and programs. The inactive Jesus is a counterfeit Jesus that is proclaimed by tightly controlled churches that allow no room for the active Jesus to take charge.

Revival happens when the active Jesus is welcomed to replace the inactive religious Jesus. Keep revival going. Make room in churches for the living Jesus to take control!

Do you want to welcome the active Jesus into your church or small group? Search for: Beyond Church Ekklesia.

When Peter said,
“This is that . . .”
He was talking about
Freedom in God’s Spirit,
Not the one-man chat
Of the religious
Church format.

When a congregation
Moves beyond stagnation
And opens up to receive
Christ’s activation,
It changes their situation
From being spectators
Into being a demonstration
Of Jesus working in
And through ordinary people!

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 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 in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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