A Church-goer is a person who attends his/her church regularly.
A Christian is a person who has been born-again through the Holy Spirit and follows Jesus the best they know how.
This video creatively spoofs a Mac vs PC advertising campaign that was popular at the time.
It creatively pokes fun at a churchgoer who too busy doing things in and for the church and Christian bubble that there is no time left for the actual mission.
I’ll let this video speak for itself.
It serves as a reminder that we might just spend too much time in church and not enough time with the people around us.
Too Busy in the Church
I know I have faced this temptation.
Home Bible Study on Monday. Small Group on Tuesday. Wednesday night programs at the church. Thursday “Service of Power” worship night. Friday night a church prayer vigil. Saturday service in the Community. Multiple services on Sunday.
On top of all this, because I’m leadership, there are planning meetings, praying for the prayer meetings, worship events, sermon planning, plus my own devotional life.
There was a season in my ministry when it felt pointless to own a house. I practically lived in the church and had little time to know my neighbor.
If I spend the majority of our time within the four walls of a building, how can I expect massive amounts of people to come to Christ?
Jesus instructed the disciples to go out into the world to preach the Gospel. I’m not completely sure that holding 4 church services Monday thru Friday and 3 services on Sunday is what Jesus had in mind.
It’s hard to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19) when we’ve completely surrounded ourselves with Christians, busy doing Christian activities.
We won’t have the time or energy to build intentional relationships with non-believers.
When Jesus promised that I’d have life to the full (John 10:10), I don’t think he meant full of busyness in an organization.
Be Jesus to Others
I think there have been times in my life when ministry stopped being something I did out of an overflow of love for Jesus and a heart willing to serve.
When I can’t spend time with my neighbor who is asking faith questions because I’m too busy doing church, I know that I’m off mission.
I’ve had make choices to pare down my involvement to make room for being with people.
I want to be present in my neighborhood. I want to find ways to be the hands and feet of Jesus where I live. I want my neighbors to see that I have a life that includes church.
A fully devoted life to Jesus simply cannot be a fully devoted life to church life.
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