Are you a full time Christian or just part-time? Tough question and maybe a bit confusing for some. Let’s make it a little more clear. Sunday is a time for worship, a day when Christians get together as a church family, fellowship together, pray together, listen to the word of God, sing, and genuinely praise God. But as Christians, should we not do this every day of the week? There are many verses in the Bible that instruct us, as Christians, to pray continually for example, but if we leave our Christianity at church on Sunday, are we really fulfilling God’s ultimate purpose for our lives?
Worldliness vs. Godliness
What drives your daily behavior? The stresses of work? The craziness of kids and their multiple activities that you MUST get them to? In todays society, especially here in the United States, “fast” is the norm and stress is just a way of life. But as Christians, we must be careful that we aren’t consumed with our concern for material “things” and the everyday stresses of life that we bring on ourselves to such a degree that we forget God’s ultimate purpose for us.
Dictionary.com provides a great definition of “Worldly”: “Of or relating to this world as contrasted with heaven, spiritual life, etc.” Note the word “contrasted” in this definition. Worldly Christians could easily be defined as “part-time” Christians. Do you carry your Christianity with you into church, get it “recharged” and then take it with you when you leave? Or, do you check your Christianity at the door before you leave church?
Satan’s Ultimate Distraction
God’s purpose for all Christians is to worship and praise Him and to spread the word of the saving grace of His son, Jesus Christ. Everyone has their own unique and special gift giving them the ability to do just that. However, Satan will do everything in his power to distract us from that special God given gift and talent. The more Satan can keep us occupied with the daily stresses of our earthly lives, the worldly material things, the less time we have for fulfilling that ultimate purpose God has for each of us.
1st John chapter 2:15-17 states, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever”. It doesn’t get much more clear than this. Be careful of satan’s ultimate distraction – worldliness.
Set Your Mind Above Worldly “Stuff”
Church provides us all with the opportunity to recharge, rejuvenate, and leave the physical church building to tackle the world with a renewed drive to spread the word of God. All too often, we leave the building and immediately begin to allow the worldly “responsibilities” to take over in our preparation for the work week starting the next day.
Colossians 3:2 states, “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth“. In other words, when you leave that sermon at church, how will you take it and practically apply it to your life on Monday through Saturday of the coming week? How will you keep your mind set on the importance of God’s word and purpose for your life AND elevate that over the worldly everyday responsibilities of life?
Responsibility is hard, but with God, all things are possible. God will test us often to keep our faith in Him strong. Keep in mine 1st Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it”. God has faith in you, will you have faith in Him?
Prayer – The Key
In church, we are surrounded by like-minded Christians all working and beating to the same drum. Fellowship with a fellow Christian is easy and comes natural. But what about your co-workers? What about that cashier at the corner store or grocery store? What about that friend or friends? What about that family member? Funny how sharing funny jokes throughout the week on social media comes easy while sharing anything that furthers the word of God is feared. Why?
Faith in God can get us through any hardship. Just look at the story of Job in the Bible. Through all of Job’s hardships, he maintained his faith in God and was generously rewarded in the end. If we believe in the Bible, then we believe in stories such as that of Job, then why would we doubt our own ability to dismiss the distractions of worldliness over our purpose of spreading the word of God? Prayer is the key to strength in all we do. 1st Thessalonians 5:16-18 states, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”. Prayer isn’t just for the church sanctuary, but for ALL times, especially when we leave church and enter the world of “worldliness”. Trust in God, pray continually, especially outside of church.
Be a Full-Time Christian
Psalm 23:4 says, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me“.
This verse is a foundation for us in catching ourselves, taking that deep breath, and just doing exactly what we know we SHOULD do versus what the world around us has feared us into what comes easy TO DO. Have faith, pray continually, put God over worldliness, pick up that bible instead of the remote or social media, and trust in God to lead you where He needs you to be.