Are you a fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ or are you a Part-Time Christian? Â Does your faith in Jesus go beyond a weekend service? Do you live a double life?
“The Decline Christianity Has Become Precipitous in Recent Years”
For the first time in recorded history, those declaring themselves to have no religious affiliation have outnumbered Christians in Britain. Â Some 44 per cent of us regard ourselves as Christian, 8 Â per cent follow another religion and 48 per cent follow none. The decline of Christianity is perhaps the biggest single change in Britain over the past century. For some time, it has been a stretch to describe Britain as a Christian country. We can more accurately be categorised now as a secular nation with fading Christian institutions. Â More than ever before, we have an obligation to act in a Christ-like manner. Not just in church, but everywhere.
“Don’t Be A Part-Time Christian Who Demands A Full-Time God”
As Christian we can’t put our faith on a part-time schedule; as being Christian is a full-time occupation. Â If we don’t open our hearts to the Holy Spirit to purify and enlighten us, then our faith in God will be superficial.
“Sorry Christians, We Canâ€™t Blame the Media Any More”
Do you know why Christians have a bad reputation today? Itâ€™s not because of CNN. Itâ€™s because of our own Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and YouTube videos! Every day, we confirm peopleâ€™s worst suspicions about us. The gatekeepers are gone. With social media thereâ€™s no one filtering the information and thereâ€™s no one left to blame but ourselves.
“Jesus Has No Part-Time Disciples”
Jesus is the living word and truth that “came among us so that we could know it. Â Jesusâ€™ said it all. Deny self, take up the cross and follow him. Moreover, only in losing oneâ€™s life â€“ the primary meaning of apollymi is to destroy â€“ one may save it. And Jesus means it. Judgment, he says, involves â€œrepaying” people according to what they have done. At this moment we are hearing Matthewâ€™s voice: Salvation comes not to those who call Jesus â€œLord,” but to those who do what he says. Â Itâ€™s a matter of life and death.
“If I’m Wrong about God Then I Have Wasted My Life, But If Your Wrong about God Then You’ve Wasted Your Eternity”
So we face the chasm between Jesusâ€™ call to discipleship and our own lives as part-time volunteers for the Gospel. Few Christians abandon everything for the Christ sake. Most of us simply fit our Christianity into the open slots on our calendars. But Jesus links the life of discipleship with his own path.
“Some Readers Hardly Need to Hear This News. Moment by Moment, Many of Us Are Constantly Mindful That We Fall Far Short of Jesusâ€™ Standard”
Sadly exhaustion, burnout, tiredness, even breakdown are conditions that are all too common these days, not least among those involved in some kind of Christian ministry, whether full-time, part-time or voluntary.
Sometimes in striving to do our utmost for God, we can easily forget that there were many times when Jesus himself was willing to rest, to do nothing except wait for the Spirit’s prompting, so that he demonstrated the vital principle of ‘working from a place of rest’.
“Knowing and Doing What God Wants Is Simply Not Possible with Mere Human Effort — It Takes Divine Intervention and a Transformative Action of the Holy Spirit”
Take some time out to reflect on how you are living and working. Watch Jesus and see how he does it. Listen to what the Spirit may be saying to you deep within, at the centre of your being; and maybe, just maybe, God will give you some insights that will change your life and sustain your ministry over the long haul.’
If every Christian truly had faith in who they are in Christ, we would move mountains together. Â The longer I live on this earth, the more I long for the new one.