What are your goals in life? What are your passions? What are you living for? Most people don’t really have a good answer for these questions. They are just going from day to day, and week to week. But life is meant to be much more than watching the sand pour through our hourglass.
Your life will take on a whole new meaning and you will experience an entirely new level of fulfillment once you commit to living beyond yourself. When you pour your passion into the Lord’s service, you will begin to make an eternal difference and change the world.
Ephesians 2:10 (TLB), “It is God himself who has made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ages ago he planned that we should spend these lives in helping others.”
You see, the Bible says that a Disciple and a Christian are one-in-the-same thing. There is no difference. You cannot be a Christian and not be a Disciple of Christ; and you cannot be a Disciple and not be a Christian.
Acts 11:26b (NIV), “And the disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.”
I believe there are lots of people who would say they are a Christian but who would feel uncomfortable with the title of “disciple.” The term disciple might seem a bit hard-core. Just a little too fanatical for the cool Christian who is concerned with being “socially acceptable.”
I think there are a lot of “Cultural Christians” out there who like to wear the jersey but don’t want to strap on the shoulder pads and get in the game.
Have you ever played high school sports? I played a few sports and I loved to wear my Letterman’s Jacket in High School. I’ve gotta tell you, there was an incredible sense of team pride and school spirit wearing that Jacket.
But the thing that made it feel so great was the fact that we earned the right to wear it. And if you weren’t on a team, you’d better not come to school with a letter jacket on. You wouldn’t last through homeroom.
Pretending to be on the team may fool some of the students; but it wasn’t going to fool the real athletes. No Posers Allowed. You wouldn’t really be able to experience the thrill of that identity no matter how many times you wore that jacket.
I think there are a lot of “posers” in the church world today. Those who talk the talk, but they don’t really walk the walk.
The satisfaction you are looking for comes from being in the middle of life’s action, not on the sidelines. Your life will radically change when you find your best fit, get equipped, and begin serving others. Because you were designed to make a difference.
(You can hear Pastor John’s devotions on The Bridge Radio 88.7 FM or by logging on the www.thebridge.fm or www.newhorizonfamily.com)