Christians, and even congregations of the Lord’s church, can be really good at putting up a facade that looks great! However, when you look a little harder, the reality of such is far from what you see at first glance. There are a number of areas in which Christians, and churches need to get back to genuine Christianity, rather than just playing church.
We need to build churches and not joiners. When thousands became Christians on Pentecost in Acts 2, the Bible says that Jesus added those folks to His church (v. 47). There is not a verse in the Bible that says one can join the church of Christ, and yet so many people use that terminology. It is no wonder that people look at the church as a social club rather than what it really is—a collection of people that Jesus has saved to do good works (Eph. 2:8-10).
We need to be stedfast and not sporadic in our devotion. It is fairly simple to serve Jesus a day or two out of the week, or even several days out of the year. We find it relatively easy to follow Jesus when everything is going right in our lives. However, Jesus did not call us to follow him just on the good days, or for a few days. Rather, Jesus requires our allegiance and service for our whole lives, no matter what (Rev. 2:10).
We need a 24/7 and not a Sunday only religion. Jesus tells us to seek the kingdom first in Matthew 6. That certainly applies to Sunday; yet, that is not the general thrust of that passage. Jesus’ words are applicable to all of life. I can’t “go to church” on Sunday, but abuse my family, lie at work, cheat in school, drink and do drugs, dress immodestly, and use filthy communication Monday through Saturday.
We looked at many houses because of the pictures and descriptions of those properties. However, we only made an offer on one house. We chose a house because the description and what we saw were the same. It’s not a perfect house, but it had a true report.
One of these days, we’ll stand before Jesus professing that we were true to Him. However, Jesus will not be interested in our words, but in our lives. Though making mistakes along life’s journey and often failing to do things perfectly, Jesus will judge us based on whether or not we were faithful (2 Cor. 5:10). The words we will utter then must match the lives that we’re living now.