Saturday, January 22, 2011

Doing Christian or Being Christian?

I grew up in the church. I remember Sunday School, flannel boards, wearing a nice dress, and hymnals before the church switched over to words on an overhead projector, attending in jeans, and using video lessons.

I’ve heard many Bible stories and many different pastors over the years. I’ve been in countless auditoriums and gymnasiums and seen thousands of people “doing” church. I’ve seen people shake hands (because they were told to) and hug. As a child who sat in church, I watched many adults. I saw how they reacted to each other and what they said. I observed. I watched and I took it all in. I watched these same adults outside of church and I quickly saw who took living life as a Christian seriously, and who just did church on Sundays.

I think sometimes we feel good about ourselves for attending church. We’re there and we can tune the sermon out or listen politely and then go about our normal lives of preference. It’s another thing altogether to “be” the church – 24/7.

Are you “Doing” the Christian thing or are you “being” the Christian thing? When you “do” Christian – it doesn’t stick in your life. It comes and goes, with ebbs and flows. When you “do” Christian, you put on a face, a stance, and a pose. But it’s not who you are. At some point, the mask will drop and you’ll revert to your human nature, letting it rule your life.

If you desire to “be” a Christian – it overtakes you. It rules you. It becomes you. Nothing you say, do, or participate in can be by accident because you always filter it with the eyes and heart of a believer. You are careful; intentional.

“Doing” Christian doesn’t get you saved and it doesn’t get you to heaven, for the Lord knows your heart. “Being” Christian does. It may cost you friends, and even your image – but it’s the only way to go.

There is no “half-way” with God. No going through the motions. Either you’re committed or you’re not. Which one are you?

1 comment:

Cafe said...

So true!!

Great post! It's scary to think that a lot of people we go to church with won't be in heaven.