Christian Selflessness/Selfishness (Part 2)
Lead by: Hebb
May 20, 2011
So now that we’ve torn our day(s) apart; deleted our Facebook pages, turned off the Xbox, smashed our iPod…how are we going to use this new found extra time?
Well we could try worshiping God…maybe? And maybe we could do that by sharing Him with others, maybe? There’s this go-to piece of scripture called “The Great Commission” (found in Matt 28:16-20) that holds up nicely how we’re called to go about spreading God’s word. However what I often find that many people get skewed is the local aspect of evangelism…which we’ll get into yet…
God’s word needs application to see its full effect in our lives. Our walk with Jesus has to keep growing; it cannot stay the same! And as Christians if we aren’t able to be open about our life with Christ, there’s no point in living it.
One of my friends (_bringRevival) tweeted: “if someone looked at your life, met you in a store, would they know from your actions and lifestyle that you follow Jesus?”
Honestly, this is one of the hardest parts of being a youth leader. Christians are looked up at as being “good” people, and being a leader to those you get looked at as being “better”. So when things go wrong, like, if someone cuts me off in traffic, or I get cheated somehow…it’s hard to take the love-filled approach.
We joke about it at The Bunker, but it’s something to be heard (I think); if you are a Christian, but you’re not actively LIVING your faith, you might as well just die.
What I mean is, it’d be like a hockey player refusing to play, or a chef refusing to cook…only with Christianity it involves your very LIFE not just a hobby or passion. To be a Christian but not live with the love of Christ means you’re wasting your life, so either stop being a Christian or stop living.
In what’s considered to be the “Bible Belt” of Canada, I’ve witnessed a lot of love AND a lot of hate, within the Christian community. We seem to have picked up this way of thinking that we can change the Golden Rule, twist it, and make it into something more suitable for ourselves like; “do unto others who will eventually, and hopefully, do the same for us” …this is a form of egoism.
- a “good life” mentality that our culture is obsessed with
- it becomes all about what YOU want, what will benefit YOU
You can see it all over the place, so let’s try to imagine something for a moment…think of something who;
- attends Church but never gets involved…a seat filler
- someone who only does things for others SO THAT they will get something back
- a person who goes on every mission trip to OTHER countries but does nothing to help thos ein their own community…
Maybe this is even you?
Now don’t get me wrong I think missions trips are great, we at the B are doing our first one ever this year. However, I find this community has the tendency to pack up and run to another country long before it picks up and helps the people here, at home.
Working in ministry has helped me see a different side to this city (Winkler); homeless teens, struggling sexuality, drug abuse, violence, broken families…all things that CAN get ignored when you spend an entire year saving up to help OTHERS in Mexico. And while this may be part of the Great Commission to share God, we’re also called to live by example by loving those right in front of us.
We were not given God’s Word to use as a back-patter; Jesus did not die, and countless were not martyred, so that we could sit here and tell ourselves that “everything’s okay”. While God may want us to live a blessed life, He does that so we can pass that blessing on, not horde it for our own purposes.
Again it goes back to how you spend your time…how selfless can you be?
To prosper in every area of life is to live every day for Jesus, allowing His life to shine through us to those who do not yet know Him.