Ahh, Sunday. A day to recharge our minds, bodies and spirits. A day to go to church, hear the word of God interpreted through the pastor in such a manner that often it seems as though that sermon was written specifically for you. We leave church and are on fire with His word ready to take on the world for God! And then…………………….Monday morning comes.
It Doesn’t Stop on Sunday
Sunday’s are great at helping us recharge our batteries for God, so to speak. But it doesn’t stop there. If Sunday is the only time you find yourself thinking about, hearing, and reading the Word of God, there’s a serious problem. Sunday is the day to recharge, the day to boost your relationship with God and get you ready for the week to face the worldly temptations head-on that are sure to come.
Moreover, if Sunday is the only time you find yourself praying as well, you may want to ask yourself if you truly have a “relationship” with God, or are you just filling a seat in church every Sunday? What if your husband, wife, or child only spoke to you once a week? What if when they did speak to you they were looking up and down at the clock every time as if to be in a hurry to get this conversation over? How would that make you feel? Now, what if they eagerly spoke to you every morning, throughout the day “just because”, and every evening before bed? How would that make you feel?
God is here for us always. Isaiah 41:10 tells us, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”.
It’s Not About YOU!
Galatians 6:8 says, “Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life”.
While it is great to relax on Sunday and hear the word of God, unfortunately it isn’t just about you. Sure, God want’s us in church on Sundays. He want’s us to be with other Christians, to support each other, understand and be empowered by each others faith to make it through the hard times, but again, it isn’t about you.
In the Bible, Mark 16:15 says, “And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature”. That’s our purpose, our reason for being here. Sunday isn’t JUST about us. It is about giving us the knowledge, wisdom and courage to leave church on Sunday with that fresh charge and go out, without hesitation, and spread the Gospel. It is about the non-believers, the lost in Christ, NOT us.
Spread What You Hear – Talk the Talk
Now that we’re clear that it isn’t about YOU, the question is, what now? That fiery sermon at church that gets us worked up, hits that “spot” with us, and really puts us in a good place with God is something everyone needs to hear. While going to church, mingling with fellow members, and supporting our fellow Christians is good and worthy, it isn’t our main purpose as Christians.
Have you ever wondered why Jesus did not ask John the Baptist to follow him? While Jesus loved everyone, he did not come down to earth to save the saved. In Mark 2:17, Jesus made this point very clear, “……………Jesus said to them, It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners”.
In the same way, it isn’t your fellow church member, necessarily, who needs your saving words. Besides, they just heard the same sermon you did! It is the lost; those who didn’t come to church, those who would never even consider stepping foot in a church, they are the ones we, as Christians, are here for.
Opportunity Knocks Always – Answer It
Psalm 105:1 says, “Give praise to the Lord, proclaim His name; make known among the nations what He has done”.
About a year ago when teaching a class at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, a young man, a student, approached me after class. He said he was a Christian but his roommate was not. He had tried and tried to talk to his roommate about Jesus and to bring him to Christ, but was unsuccessful. He wanted my advice, some words of encouragement to help.
Opportunity comes every day in many forms and shapes. The fact that I am sitting here now writing this post may touch someone who reads it (I hope) and given them that extra “bump” to speak to that someone on their mind about Christ. Maybe it’s that stranger next to you at the gas pump. Maybe it’s that coworker that you know doesn’t know God. Maybe its someone in your own family. Either way, as Christians, God will place opportunities in our lives to bring others, the lost, to him.
Lead by Example
Probably one of the most powerful ways, we as Christians, can get others interested in coming to Christ is by our actions. If we take those recharged batteries and make it obvious and known to everyone who comes in contact with us that we are representatives of Christ Jesus, we are happy, and we have God on our side, it will naturally spark the interest of others.
Some time ago I went in to work on a Monday morning and while walking down an aisle way, a coworker stopped me and said “Hey, isn’t that an old hymn your whistling?”. I hadn’t even thought about what I was doing but yes, I was whistling an old hymn from church I had heard on Sunday morning. While obviously this person recognized it and was a Christian them self, it caught their attention. I brought church to work in such a subtle manner that I hadn’t even thought about it, and it was noticed.
Bring church with you when you leave church. Let it show, let it shine. Be the light for others and draw them into your light for Christ.