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Here's a thought...Act like a Christian

Years ago, BC (before Children!) each Sunday night we had a worship ministry called the Upper Room that meets for 1 hour in the church I was on staff with. This time of worship, prayer, and fellowship was so rich and refreshing. It took me back to my Bible School days in the living room of one of my good friends' homes, as we'd have CD worship and pray, and just wait for God to talk. He always would.

Recently I came across some notes from one of those nights where God impressed something on my heart that I would like to share:


Being a Christian is supposed to mean being Christ-like. But what is that? Our definition of Christianity has become so convoluted and polluted that most people have no idea what its like to be Christ-like. Their head is so full of other peoples ideas of Christianity that they wouldn't understand Christ-likeness if Jesus Himself stepped in front of them and smacked them in the face.

Today, Christianity has been reduced like a broth to basic religious elements
  • we go to church
  • we give to the church
  • we sing, dance, run and lift our hands
And we actually thing THESE things are an exhibition of true Christianity.

But it's not. Being a Christian isn't about putting your butt in a seat or a check in the plate on Sunday morning. Christianity has nothing to do with how loud you can shout or how high you can lift your hands.

Christianity is Christ-likeness. It's having our lives look like Jesus' life, and not like the life of the TV preacher, famous athlete, our momma, or sister so-and-so. Oh, being in church is important because God says so (do not forsake the assembling of yourselves together- Hebrews 10:25). Tithing is important because God tells us to bring the tithe into the storehouse (Malachi 3:10). Singing, shouting and even dancing are important because they are natural expressions and reactions of adoration for an overwhelming, Supreme God how has impacted our lives. David couldn't help but dance and sing for joy in His presence.

However, nothing about these things makes us a Christian.

all the tee-shirts we wear, the bumper stickers we have...they don't cut it either. A cross around your neck is no guarantee of the impact of the cross upon your heart. Christianity is about action. What did I DO today that's like what Jesus DID?
  • whose life did I impact
  • whose heart did I encourage
  • whose thinking did I challenge
  • whose situation did I step into and bring hope?
God cares so little about your religious expressions that you'd feel embarrassed if you knew how much difference it made. Jesus said 'The works that I do, you shall do also, and greater works than these...' (John 14:12). The book of 1 John says 'as He is, so are we in this world' (1 John 4:17).

We need to readjust our mindset and stop the frivolous, fanatical religious rituals and start feeling the change of real relationship. We need to stop being church-like and start being Christ-like. We need to stop acting like Christians and start acting like Christ.

The relationship we have with Him should so change us, to penetrate every area of desire, every dream of the future, every passion of our heart, that instead of life being about simply being close to Him that it becomes about being an imitator, a copy, a double, and a duplicate of Him. Christianity is about Christ-likeness, not people-likeness. It's about action and impact, not words and going through the motions of religious expression.

But in order to be Christ-like, we first have to be truly impacted by him first. We have to stop caring about what others do, think, or say and be willing to be confrontational, not just conversational. Christianity isn't about tradition, it's about truth. The truth is too many Christians are too much like the world...and that is why they aren't making a difference AND why they aren't seeing any difference in their lives. It's not a real relationship unless there is real change in the way you talk, think and act.

So, are you Church-like or Christ-like? Who have you and who are you impacting will answer that question well. Be bold...start being like Jesus and not like the crowd.

DK

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