(Post by: Lilly Hobbs)
In our last post, “Where Did Church Go Wrong”, we looked at how the Church has gotten hung up on human traditions and philosophy and has lost Jesus along the way. Today, I thought it would be interesting to do a follow up post and examine how the Church can get back on track, and what it’s supposed to look like if we are genuinely following Jesus.
I have met many Christians who have given their life over to the Lord and then say something like this, “Well what now? How am I supposed to live? How can I do this whole “Jesus thing” right?”
Guess what? I can’t tell you, because I often ask myself the very same thing. I don’t have this secret formula for living this thing out perfectly. I mess it up just like you and everyone else.
However, I believe that Jesus has given us a primary channel through which we can learn how to live, listen to what He says, and obey wholeheartedly. The Bible is the place where He can speak to us if we give Him our time. So, let’s take a look at God’s Word, and see what He has to say about how we are supposed to live this thing out and get going in the right direction…
1 Peter 2:9 says, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the one who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
WE are a chosen race. WE are a royal priesthood. WE are a holy nation. WE are a people for His possession. Why? So that WE may proclaim the praises of Jesus!
What I take away from that verse is that if we are really wanting to live this thing out, then we are going to…
1. Talk about Him. You won’t be able to help it. You will want to proclaim His praises to anyone that will listen.
It’s the same thing for the whole Church. If your Church is longing to make Jesus #1 in everything, then it’s going to talk about Him at every event, program, and gathering.
A.W. Tozer once said, ”What’s closest to your heart is what you talk about, and if God is close to your heart, you will talk about Him.”
Romans 12:1 says, “Therefore, brothers and sisters, in view of the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your true worship.”
So according to that verse we will…
2. We will offer ourselves to God as a living sacrifice. In order that He may use us in whatever way He chooses. This verse is saying that when you’re a living sacrifice for God, then that means you are willing to give up your time, your money, your possessions, literally everything.
Being a living sacrifice is to abandon yourself completely. Because Jesus sometimes calls us to give up everything for the sake of the Gospel. See Luke 14:33, Matt. 6:33, or Matt. 16:24
David Platt once said, “My prayer is that people will see that following Jesus costs you everything you are and everything you have. And my prayer is that people will see that Jesus is worth it.”
Main idea: If Jesus was #1 in every single Christians life and in all of our Churches, then we probably wouldn’t see what we do in the world today.
So, make Jesus #1 in your life and watch others catch on to the idea. One of my best friends has started to pray before and after every one of her sporting events with her teammates. Two men in our church started a Bible study/prayer time once a week with a couple of the guys they work with every day.
3. It all truly boils down to discipleship and if you are pouring yourself into other people.
That’s what it looks like when you apply those verses to everyday life. When you start living like that, suddenly you are not living for the mundane, “normal life” stuff, but instead you are living for your eternal destination!
Be the Church when you’re at the grocery store! Show Jesus when you are working. Start small groups that will reach others with the Gospel. That’s Church gone right!
Jesus calls us to be intentional in the little and big things we do in our everyday life. Jesus didn’t want to become a “weekend” thing.
He calls us to open our eyes to see the waitress at the restaurant we eat at on Tuesday, or the guy collecting the carts at Walmart when we go shopping on Friday. You never know what they may be going through or dealing with.
When we start doing everyday Church, that’s what will change the world.
“It is the whole business of the whole Church to preach the whole Gospel to the whole world.” -Charles Spurgeon
SO WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE?
= What are your thoughts after reading this post?
= Who do you think you could pray for this week?
= Do you have any other ideas about how you could do everyday Church in your own life?