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Label vs. Lifestyle

I was challenged this past Sunday by Scott’s sermon. Are you playing to win or are you just playing not to lose? If this doesn’t draw a line in the sand, I don’t know what does. So many people slip in quietly and slip out quietly, never even considering that they have been called to so much more than just good attendance at church.

How do you measure your growth? Do you have specific times that you can names in which you know that God has moved in your life? I bet we can all mention when we first believed, many can mention their baptism, some can mention getting involved in a small group of some kind, even others can mention how they took a step of faith and served. What about you? Where have you grown?

It’s really easy to think that Christianity is more of a label then a lifestyle. We come and believe and get baptized like its one of those wrist bands you get to a concert. (the type that rip all your arm hair off when you try to remove it) We think that once the wrist band on, its all access and we don’t need to do anything else.

Now, some of you may think that you don’t need to do anything else. You preach “freedom in Christ” and its not about works. Let me just say, you’d be right. However, I assure you, as Paul said in 1 Corinthians, you are a baby. You feed off milk. While so many around you are moving on to solid foods, you are still craving strained peas.

Everything Christ called his followers to was something of action. He never called his followers to an apathetic life. When Christ told his followers they’d be witnesses to Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth, he was telling them that they would have to endure some big things. In fact, the word witnesses in the Greek is “martys” which is also the same word that we get “martyr”. He said they would be martyrs for His name.

Are you ready to give your life for His name? You see some of his followers were ready and willing, but some of them were harder to convince. Even Paul was stricken blind before he would follow. What will Christ need to do in your life before you are ready to follow after him?

If you are looking to take the next step in your life, there are so many opportunities. I’d love to be able to help you through that process. It’s time to get up and move.

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