So, I’m tired, but I can’t sleep because my minds going too fast
So, I love going to church.
They are my family.
I get built up there.
I am loved there.
But, it isn’t enough.
After the last comment I left on my last post- church- and salvation and a lot of different things have just been running through my mind.
You know when something is mulling around in your mind- you’re more aware of related conversations that come up because of it… yeah… so, every time I hear church or discipleship my ears perk up and I’m a little disappointed. I think that people’s hearts are right, but I think it just comes out wrong. I keep hearing people say… “Yeah, I want to invite them to church.” or “I want to invite them Bible Study.” Which is great (and usually even the first step)!
it isn’t enough.
I was talking with a friend tonight about what were supposed to do in life. And he had some great answers… we need to have people accept Jesus, and get baptized, and live a good life.
Which again, is good… and even great…
But not enough.
You see, this is the problem: I’ve been there.
I grew up being brought to church… and it was great.
I was baptized… and it was great.
I was living a good life…
But it wasn’t enough.
Church, baptizing, and good lives are not enough.
We need CHRIST.
Not just the Christmas Christ… when He was born.
Not just the miracle working Christ…
Not just the good teaching Christ…
But the sinless Son of God Christ who died.
ROSE on the third day.
Ascended to the right hand of God.
Defeated SIN and DEATH.
and has now offered eternal life to you… CHRIST.
He alone is ENOUGH.
Like I’ve said. I love church. I know baptism is important. I know living a righteous life is right.
But they have no power to give me life.
They have no power to defeat sin.
They have no power to defeat death.
They have no power to change me.
They have no power to resurrect me.
I was dead in sin.
Church, mentors, good examples, Words of wisdom, Bible studies, love from other people, fellowship, baptism, and even family could do nothing for me. They could point me in the right direction… but they themselves had no power.
But God made me alive with CHRIST. (Ephesians 2 explains it well)
I can mentor someone all I want, but if at the end of the day they don’t have Christ… they don’t have any power to stand.
whether it’s sin
Without Him, they have nothing.
I think I sometimes get my priorities confused.
We are not guaranteed a life of freedom, and peace.
What happens if one day your church (I’m referring to building) is not longer there?
That is something that makes this relationship with Christ just so stinking unique. Everything else can be stripped away and we will always have Him.
No one can take Jesus from us.
But I guess I’m concerned that He’s not the one were really giving.
Should I desire people to go to church.. yeah…
but at the end of the day “having gone to church” has no power in and of itself.
He has all the power.
He is the one to give us strength to say no to that sin that no one else is there to see us fall into.
He is the one who resurrects us.
He is the one to give us life… and life to the full.
Just give me Jesus.