There seems to be an epidemic affecting Christians. The average person claiming to be a Christian is actually embracing and following unbiblical and contradictory ideas to the gospel. This epidemic is the subconscious ingrained and errant belief that the Christian life is about “me.”
It’s about what Christ can give me
. It’s about the church accommodating me
. It’s about the worship programs being catered to me
. It’s about the worship style suiting me
. It’s about saving myself
from hell in that Jesus is my eternal life insurance, so as long as I go to church and half-heartedly read my Bible every once in a while, I’ll be ok.
Many of us have been infected with the idea that the Christian life should be an easy life and therefore requires little to no effort and minimum obedience to God. Some Saints believed that they can ease the symptoms of their indifference if they are faithful in church attendance and talk the walk. This Laodicean approach to Christianity is the foundation on which apathy is built. It is not the Church’s responsibility to ease the symptoms of carnal Christians, but instead to provide a prescription to worship God and be encouraged and instructed in the Word. When a church does its best to serve its people, it definitely makes the service a reservoir of blessing and instruction in righteousness. ‘Cool’ music and fancy lighting and the beat of the drum is not what Christianity is about. The world’s music and theatrics are sensuous and feed the emotions and water down the scriptural basis for service.
The average Christian sitting is a worship service on Sunday morning most likely will hear something along the lines of that God loves me and sent his Son to die for me. As wonderful as this truth is, there is more to the story. If we claim to be Christians, we should be following the call to spread the gospel and serve others. We should not allow the infection of our own selfish desires to hinder someone else’s salvation.
“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15
Some Christians are self-centered, self-absorbed, and self-saturated people who really do not have the burden of spreading the salvation message to others. Worshipping and witnessing are the primary responsibilities of redeemed sinners. However, there is one more thing that is needful. So, what do we do now that it’s been established that Christianity is not all about me? Where do we go from here?
While it is true that works cannot save us, it is a command that we are to work out our own salvation
“Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” Philippians 2:12 .
We must not succumb to the Moses syndrome of worthless excuses: ” but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue;” for the Lord will say , “What is that in thine hand?” Each of us has talents given to us by God, that can be used for his service. In bringing together a fellowship of Believers God was not amiss in providing workers for the ministry. Some are called to teach, some are called to clean, others are called to tend to wee ones in the Nursery. Lest we forget, there is the landscaping, church dinners, organizers, planners and greeters. For those Senior Saints the needful service of prayer is needful for the influence of any ministry. This is far from being an all inclusive list of available ministries in the Church. Yes, cleaning is a ministry!
As we life for Christ, we must not do so in our own strength God did not give you new life so that you could run around and fulfill your own selfish desires. There’s a greater purpose here to live your life to serve God whole-heartedly and strive to be Christ-like. It is hard to model Jesus every second of the day, in fact, it is probably impossible to do it. Instead of relying on yourself, let God guide you throughout your day.
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2
Serve others! This is a huge commandment in the Bible. Your life is no longer about your convenience, comfort, or accommodation. Go into the world and serve others thereby pointing everyone you meet to Christ.
The Lord is the Great Physician who can deliver us from the spiritual ‘Ebola’ of Christianity. As we draw nearer to God and come to know Him more, He imparts unto us the antibiotic of selfless service that we might a workman that needeth not to be ashamed………………………