As Christians our goal should never be to be like the minister, or like Peggy Sue in the middle pew. No our calling as a Christian is simple, and that is to be Christ like. See once you have accepted Jesus into your life we are reborn. It is like a caterpillar, when we are living life as a sinner we are a caterpillar. We then make a commitment of an outward and inward expression. A cocoon we can look at like baptism, being surrounded in the Holy Spirt, we then come out a beautiful new creature. The same happens we go into the water an ugly sinner and come out a beautiful creature. All of our sins are washed away and we are new, a new creation in Christ. We are dead to the flesh and are living in the spirit at that point. If and only if we have giving up the flesh. See at this point we are no longer living under the law of Flesh or the Laws of Moses but we are living in the Spirit. See with this we become as Christ and we must be like Christ. We must take care of the poor:
For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.
(Matthew 26:11 KJV)
As well we shall do mission work, Jesus sent his Disciples out into the cities to preach the message. We are to do this, and you can be a Lay person to do this as well Jesus said: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: (Matthew 28:19 KJV). One biggest obstacle that we must get out of our head is that preachers have to do everything, because no they do not. A preacher that is defined in 1st Timothy is needed to be the second in a church yes, Jesus is always the head of the Church. Yet we need more Bible groups in homes, when Church is not going on, get a Bible study group going. They are perfect as well to help introduce people slowly into the church that has never been into a church. As well it helps us understand a little of what our Brothers and Sisters of the original Christian Church would have gone through in having to meet in homes and even caves at times.
We as well should take on the burdens of one another. If we see a member of our family or even a non-Christian, we should help them. We should speak life into them, we should speak hope into their souls and allow God to work through us. We should be a vessel for the Lord to work, that is our purpose as a Christian is to be that in Christ. One of the greatest joys is to feel the Holy Spirit take over and know that you have touched the life of another person.
And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
(Mark 12:31 KJV)
We need to embrace more of our true roots than modern doctrines that are made of men. We need realize that many people today try and use faith to lure people into scams and into corruption. See we are warned about these things many times throughout the bible, Peter told us we are not saved by corruptible things like gold and silver. We are saved by one thing and that is accepting Jesus, allowing his spirit into our lives and becoming a part of the body of Christ, which is the key to being saved. Now once saved all we must do is stay from the temptations of flesh and
This is not a hard task, it is a small task to spend time to pray and do work every day. As James said: “Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works”. (James 2:18 KJV) We need to stop being spiritually lazy and get to work, we need to extend our hands out and lift up each other. Paul wrote:
And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
(1 Corinthians 12:26 KJV)
So it is actually against our Christian nature to turn our eyes away the poor, the suffering, the sick, and the outcast. We are responsible for that, we must put in work not just declare our faith with words but show our faith with work. As James said “Show me” the key is Show. The act of show, and it is a reference is to others. God knows your heart, yet you to lead others needs to show by your actions not just your words. Today as I have written many times before Christians lead many more today to Atheism than to Christianity because of the actions of many doing sinful things. As well using the copout phrase that we are all sinners and fall short of the glory of God, is just that it is a cop out. That verse is about those who have yet to not accept the Lord in full faith, when we are in full faith yes we fall short of God. We must repent, we have to repent to save our souls from the damnation of hell.
We as children of the one true God, we should stop looking towards the things of the earth that will be wiped away. Why should we worry about the things that matter not and yet allow our soul to become black just to get the newest IPhone or Television? We have had far too many pastors lie to us and we are abusing the asking for forgiveness aspect of our faith. We are treating that like it is a clause in a contract than a loving way for us to accept responsibility for the bad that we have done. Asking for forgiveness comes from the heart, not the mind, but from the heart and it must be meant. The Holy Spirit knowns the heart, you can lie to yourself and others but you can never lie to God and our Holy Father knows the true fact.
So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
(Revelation 3:16 KJV)
We must be weary not to become lukewarm in our faith and we must especially not become cold. Today far too many of us seem to be heading down that path, the path of going through motions and doing what the world wants. We seem to be wanting to make friends with the world, the world which has beaten and mocked our faith. Christians have a Stockholm Syndrome relationship with the world, we should not want a relationship with the world but with God. In having a relationship with God our works and speech should glorify God and help lead others. That does not mean force them no it means show them. Jesus and the Apostles never forcefully made people listen to their message. They would walk away from those that did not want to hear it and were turned away many times. The home village of Jesus Nazareth wanted to throw him over a cliff. He simple left, he allowed his work and the Holy Spirit of our Father to do the work. The Holy Spirit prepares the way for us on our journey, all we must have is our faith.
Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
(2 Timothy 4:2-5 KJV)