I’ve talked about this at various times in our life groups. We often use the term ‘church’ in association with a building, someplace we go. I’ve used this term often when I was younger; “I’m going to church.” But, I think we’ve done ourselves a disservice by constantly referring to the church as a place. We do not go to a church, the church goes to a building.
1 Corinthians 12 and Romans 12 talk about being part of the body of Christ. It identifies that we are all part of the body, with different gifts and talents. It also instructs us to work together for Christ. This means we are all part of a living organism. It means that we are not confined to a building. Instead, it suggests the opposite! We are to be mobile, active in our faith wherever God has placed us.
Does this change anything? Absolutely! The gospel is meant to be shared through you wherever God has placed you. This includes social circles, work circles, family, and friends. We are to be on the move spreading the message of Jesus, the hope we have in Jesus. Our efforts shouldn’t be limited to opening doors of a building and waiting for people to come. We, a living organism in Christ, should be walking the streets, searching the alleys, sharing the message with everyone God has placed in our lives. Does it take courage? Yes. Yes it does! It takes courage, strength, and vulnerability. You will be judged by some. But, you will also reach others for Jesus!
People fear judgment. And rightfully so. Being judged is not fun. It hurts. But, I have been judged long before I made a commitment to Jesus. It doesn’t matter what you do or stand for, you will always be judged. I would rather stay true to the calling God has placed on our lives and judged by man than judged by God.
Be encouraged. Stay faithful to God. Share His message of hope, joy, and love. Our journey down here on earth is short compared to the eternal rewards promised to all of God’s faithful children in heaven! We are a living organism! Be on the move for Jesus!
I recently was given an electronic device to help me monitor my steps, caloric intake, exercise, and observe sleep patterns. And, since I began this blog entry, all of my family members have received these electronic devices as well! These devices are aids to help monitor your health, give real time data on how you're doing, help you set goals and try to achieve them. They also let you encourage other friends in achieving goals, and show you their progress.
I can’t help but think how a device like this could help us in our walk with Christ. I mean, real time assessment on how our journey is, wether we are meeting our goals, and adjust our journey before we get way off course. But, since we don’t have a device like this, we need to ‘kick it old school.’
Here are a few ways to monitor your walk with the Lord.
1- How often to you talk to God in prayer?
If you were raised like me, you would pray before and after every meal. That totals 6 times a day. Add in one time before bed, and you get 7. This is good, but not great. I often encourage our life group members to pray continually. Look at prayer as an open conversation that never ends. You can resume and pause multiple times a day. The more you talk to God the more you’ll want to talk to God!
2- How often do you read God’s word to you? (The Bible)
How often you read the word of God reflects where you are in your relationship with Him. His truths are in His word! His message for you is in His word! His guidance is in His word! And the knowledge He wants you to share with others is in His word! Get in His word. Be sure to stay connected to Him. He wants to talk to you!
3- Are you in community with others?
What is your support network like? Do you have one? It is important for followers of Christ to be in a community of believers for support, encouragement, amongst many other things. This journey requires support and interaction with others on the same journey. Trust me, you need to be in community!
4- When’s the last time you shared your faith or the message of Jesus with someone?
This can be a daunting task for some. But, this is something we can ask for help with from the Holy Spirit! Ask for opportunities to share your faith; ask for the words to say; ask for His help!
Even though there is a device out there that seems to make life simpler, these four ‘old school’ questions can help us gauge our relationship with Christ. And, there is no technology that can take the place of prayer, reading, sharing, and being in community!
These are just a few questions that can help you gauge your journey. We aren’t perfect, but we have a saviour that is! Our strength is in Him!
From time to time, Rev D posts random thoughts about life as a Pastor and Servant of Christ. He has a unique perspective. Blog entries are posted randomly.