Who Knows Where We’ll Go From Here

So I can’t really sleep right now for some reason. That stinks, but what are you going to do. I was just thinking about something that my wife said as a comment on my blog from the other day. It was random, but it got me thinking. She suggested that her and I start doing a blog together. I personally think that it is a great idea, so look for a link to it soon. But more so than that, the next thing she said is what got me thinking. She suggested that we do a blog together, because we might be more productive in writing if we work together. Okay follow me here. I think that it is such a perfect way to look at marriage initially and ultimately the Christian life. Of course, Kim and I are more productive when we work together, but I think that we are also more creative when we work together as well. This makes for great innovation in the way we parent the girls, and it makes for less dull time in our relationship as well. The work for the Kingdom of God would benefit greatly if we could follow this simple way of living. If we work together, serve together, and love God together we can accomplish so much more for Him. The Lone Ranger mentality truly has no place in the realm of Christianity. However, it has come to the point now where pastors and lay people alike feel they have to one up each other in order to get people to “their” church. Seriously?! I am pretty sure that is not what God had in mind when Jesus gave the Great Commission. Why does it matter if people you meet and serve in your community go to specifically your church. Just the fact that they enter any church, so long as it is a Bible believing, God serving church, is a good thing. So much cooperative community outreach ministry is hindered by the fact that each of the churches involved is too concerned with who will get the prospects from the event.

I did not mean to go on a rant, but I think that it is unhealthy, and unbiblical for that matter, for each of us to think that we have the corner on the outreach ministry market. Think of what we could do if we were willing to put aside the idea of growing “our” church and focused on growing His kingdom. This is the point that I currently find the American church, and I think these are questions that must be answered if we desire to continue to be relevant in the world.

Be encouraged to make alliances with other Christians in your community, and infiltrate your city with the love of Christ.

Published in: on December 12, 2009 at 4:10 am  Leave a Comment  
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Jesus, Your words are better than life

I love getting to spend time with people who care about doing what God has called them to do.  It is so refreshing to get together with fellow believers who actually want to make an impact in this world before God the Father calls us home to heaven.  I think that it is of paramount importance that American church members begin to transform into followers of Christ who live in community with one another.  I am not saying that we all need to move into a giant compound and live secluded from the world, but rather I am saying that we need to stop playing church and actually be the church.  Why is this such a hard concept for so many people to grasp?  Christ called us to be the church.  You will not find a passage in Scripture where Jesus tells the disciples, “I want you to build a building that you meet at on a weekly basis for approximately 2 hours, and maybe occasionally have a pot luck dinner because those are really fun.”  That is not in the Bible, trust me on this one.  Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them all that I have commanded you, and surely I am with you until the end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20).  We, as Christians, are a people who have been called out by the Lord Most High.  Why in the name of all the is good would we not follow the command of Jesus.  I think that it is important to point out that when you look at that passage in the original Greek language the only to verbs are “Go” and “Make.”  The other action words are participles.  Therefore, the two verbs are emphasized and should not simply be glazed over in reading the passage.  We are to go and make disciples.  It is a fact that we cannot “Go and make disciples” while we are pinned up inside of our comfortable church buildings.

Now do not misunderstand me.  I m not saying that every Christian needs to move to Uganda next week.  There are thousands of needs in your own backyard.  The thing is, we have lost the quality of caring for other people.  It is always considered to be to inconvenient.  I mean I know that some people have to be home to see American Idol every week, because their salvation might actually be lost if they don’t know who made it through to the next round, but in the meantime there are people in the Atlanta metro area who are literally dying without ever having heard about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  This is not a laughing matter.  We are called to be ambassadors for Christ and we take that calling so lightly that it is disgusting.  We have become so lazy in our faith that it is appalling.  I say these things to try to motivate you into action for God.  This is a call to action to minister to the people that we live next door to or the people that we drive past on our way to work every day.  I have decided that I will not be a man who lets my life pass me by, and I have made no impact in this world for the sake of Christ.  I echo the words of Joshua when he says, “Choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the river, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell.  But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD” (Joshua 24:15).

We have to ban together with our fellow believers and create a coalition that can make a mark on our communities.  It does not take much to speak volumes into the lives of people.  It is not going to be easy, but God neve promised that it would.  It will take hard work, and you may even sweat a little, but the reward will be great in heaven.  Let me know what you think about this.  I am not even remotely the first person to either think or blog about these lines of thought, so I know you have opinions about them.

Published in: on February 20, 2009 at 2:07 pm  Comments (2)  
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