Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Danger of being Passive....

As Christians we are so quick to say – I’ll pray about it and then we don’t or we are “waiting on God” to make a decision when in reality we need to act.  If I’m being honest with myself, I’d rather sit down with a cup of coffee and blog about it before actually doing something about it.

I know.

It’s horrible.  

It makes me sick to even think about it.   

But how often do we do this?  

How often would we rather spend some time in Starbucks talking about it or post a status on Facebook than actually take a stand on something?  When did it become okay to tweet your frustration instead of stepping up and making a change?  Are you feeling lethargic?  GET OUT and do something!  Matthew 28:16-20 says:

“Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him, but some doubted. Jesus came near and spoke to them, ‘I’ve received all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you. Look, I myself will be with you every day until the end of this present age.’” (Common English Bible – emphasis mine)
I’m not saying that if you can’t get out of your house that you’re a failure.  

 I’m just saying put your money where your mouth is.   

Don’t complain if you aren’t willing to do something about it.   

Christ didn’t sit around a wait for people to come to him and if anyone could have done that – it would have been Jesus.   He went to where the people were.  If that means that you see a homeless person and you don’t have any money to give them – pray for them.  All I’m asking is that you be outward minded.  As a pastor I need to be more inward focused – and guess what – I should be.  That is my job to build up the Christian Community – but we need to redefine love for those around us – so that they stop thinking about themselves and get comfortable with passivity.  

So get out there – redefine love – SERVE others and make disciples.

I’m doing something I don’t normally do – I’m posting here – and putting a link on my church’s blog.  Two reasons – I want to dialog about this and I think this will give a bit more traffic to do that.

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