Archive for September, 2010
I used to do a blog many years ago on My Space, when it was cool and I still used it. I ended my time there shortly before I got married, as I decided it was too involved to keep a healthy relationship. However, I kept the entries from my old blog and recently found them in an old file on an old flash drive. Reading through them I thought of the journey I have been on with the Lord and the many interesting things I’ve been a part of.
Then I came across this old post. Its got nothing really to do with faith or the Christian life, yet it does. I hope you enjoy this real life story, now several years old, as much as I did when i found it again!
Lessons from a dead Squirrel:
Each Sunday night we have a worship ministry called the Upper Room that meets for 1 hour. This time of worship, prayer, and fellowship is so rich and refreshing. It takes me back to my Bible School days in the living room of one of my good friends homes, as we’d have CD worship and pray, and just wait for God to talk. He always would.
A few weeks back, He impressed something on my heart that I would like to share:
Being a Christian is supposed to mean being Christ-like. But what is that? Our definition of Christianity has become so convoluted and polluted that most people have no idea what its like to be Christ-like. Their head is so full of other peoples ideas of Christianity that they wouldn’t understand Christ-likeness if Jesus Himself stepped in front of them and smacked them in the face.
Today, Christianity has been reduced like a broth to basic religious elements
And we actually thing THESE things are an exhibition of true Christianity.
But its not. Being a Christian isn’t about putting your butt in a seat or a check in the plate on Sunday morning. Christianity has nothing to do with how loud you can shout or how high you can lift your hands.
Christianity is Christ-likeness. Its having our lives look like Jesus’ life, and not like the life of the TV preacher, famous athlete, our momma, or sister so-and-so. Oh, being in church is important because God says so (do not forsake the assembling of yourselves together- Hebrews 10:25). Tithing is important because God tells us to bring the tithe into the storehouse (Malachi 3:10). Singing, shouting and even dancing are important because they are natural expressions and reactions of adoration for an overwhelming, Supreme God how has impacted our lives. David couldn’t help but dance and sing for joy in His presence.
However, nothing about these things makes us a Christian.
all the tee-shirts we wear, the bumper stickers we have…they don’t cut it either. A cross around your neck is no guarantee of the impact of the cross upon your heart. Christianity is about action. What did I DO today that’s like what Jesus DID?
God cares so little about your religious expressions that you’d feel embarrassed if you knew how much difference it made. Jesus said ‘The works that I do, you shall do also, and greater works that these…’ (John 14:12). The book of 1 John says ‘as He is, so are we in this world’ (1 John 4:17).
We need to readjust our mindset and stop the frivolous, fanatical religious rituals and start feeling the change of real relationship. We need to stop being church-like and start being Christ-like. We need to stop acting like Christians and start acting like Christ.
The relationship we have with Him should so changes us, so penetrate every area of desire, every dream of the future, every passion of our heart, that instead of life being about simply being close to Him that it becomes about being an imitator, a copy, a double, and a duplicate of Him. Christianity is about Christ-likeness, not people-likeness. Its about action and impact not words and going through the motions of religious expression.
But in order to be Christ-like we first have to be truly impacted by him first. We have to stop caring about what others do, think, or say and be willing to be confrontational, not just conversational. Christianity isn’t about tradition, its about truth. The truth is too many Christians are too much like the world…and that is why they aren’t making a difference AND why they aren’t seeing any difference in their lives. Its not real relationship unless there is real change in the way you talk, think and act.
So, are you Church-like or Christ-like? Who have you and who are you impacting will answer that question well. Be bold…start being like Jesus and not like the crowd.
MercyMe has produced some great music. Power songs like I Can Only Imagine have touched people around the world deeply. But on their Ultimate Collection album, there is a fun song that is great for helping Kids learn about the 10 Commandments. I encourage you to go here to check out the song: http://www.directlyrics.com/mercy-me-ten-simple-rules-lyrics.html
Then take some time with the lyrics and talk with your kids about God’s 10 rules for us to live by. You can have all sorts of family fun with a guitar hero guitar, or even a broom in place of a guitar acting out being a family band, singing the lyrics…all the while teaching your kids the 10 Commandments. This can be great family fun, but don’t miss the opportunity to talk about each one and what it means for our lives!
Here are the lyrics:
Here’s a little tune
You’ll be happy to know
Keep it close to you
Wherever you may go
God gave us ten simple rules
To get us through
A little something
Just for us to live by
So now hide them in your heart
And you will be fine
And Lord said
Have no other gods but God
To worship idols just won’t do
Be careful with the way you use God’s name
And keep Sunday special too.
Honor your parents, don’t take any lives.
And when you’re old enough to marry, be true.
Do not steal or lie
Or want those things that don’t belong to you
These are ten simple rules God gave to me and you
Now the good Lord said
You better listen to me
If you follow these rules
Then they will set you free
Because I want you to live
A happy life
And help others
To be happy too
So when things go wrong
Will get you through