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Stop Being Interested in the Church

April 3, 2017

…and start being committed.

Interests are things that you dabble with or make a hobby. But interests take a backseat to commitments. You see, believer, there are few things in life to which you should be committed. Really committkarl-fredrickson-27504.jpged.One is your family. No questions there. One other major commitment in your life should be your church. I know what you may be thinking–“What about Jesus? What about a commitment to Jesus?” That is a great insight. Here is my answer. Your commitment to Christ is demonstrated in your commitment to your church. Those who are devoted to Christ are devoted to the things to which Christ is devoted. Christ loved the church sacrificially, unconditionally, and when she was unlovely. So should you.

A lot of people are interested in church, but committed to other things. Other things like sports, weekends at the lake, relaxation, and whatever else keeps us from being committed to our local church. Church is not a good hobby. It was not designed by God as something for you to take an interest in. You don’t treat church like she is your girlfriend. You are part of the bride of Christ, and when you treat church as an interest, it’s akin to slipping the ring off your finger when you see someone else who might be interested in you.

Actually, being a member of a local church goes beyond commitment, it is a covenant. A covenant to a church is a solemn, holy agreement you enter into. A covenant is stronger than a commitment. A covenant assumes a steadfast, iron-like bond to something. When you become a member of a church, you are making a covenant with that church that she can depend upon you, and you can depend upon her.

Some say that they can be just as good a Christian without the church as they can with the church. Charles Spurgeon spoke to this when he said,

“I know there are some who say, “Well, I’ve given myself to the Lord, but I don’t    intend to give myself to any church.” I say, “Now why not?” And they answer, “Because I can be just as good a Christian without it.” I say, “Are you quite clear about that? You can be as good a Christian by disobedience to your Lord’s commands as by being obedient? There’s a brick. What is the brick made for? It’s made to build a house. It is of no use for the brick to tell you that it’s just as good a brick while it’s kicking about on the ground by itself, as it would be as part of a house. Actually, it’s a good-for-nothing brick. So, you rolling stone Christians, I don’t believe that you’re answering the purpose for which Christ saved you. You’re living contrary to the life which Christ would have you live and you are much to blame for the injury you do.”

Maybe today you need to spend some time assessing your life and the things to which you are committed versus the things to which you are interested. To what are you teaching your family to be committed, and in what are you teaching them to be interested?”

I promise you, as a pastor, my concern is not for big numbers at church. My concern is for the well-being of your soul.

Dr. Daryl Cornett, my Church History professor at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, Tennessee, recently tackled this very thing in a blog post that captures his heart as a pastor, and perfectly represents my heart for some of my church members. I wish you would mosey on over to this link and check it out.

 

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