Every Sunday across American we have churches almost on every corner gearing up for morning services. Whatever flavor you want with worship or preaching style you can find it. Our issue in American churches today is that we are more concerned with entertainment and flair to draw people in than encouraging people to go out. Friends, church is for the saints to be encouraged, uplifted after being battle weary from the week. Instead, we have a consumer mentality, we come in sit down and have a give me attitude then as we leave we hoard what we’ve heard or we tear down the pastor, the music and atmosphere.
Why is our body broken? Matthew 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Will we stand before God and hear Him say, “Then I will declare to them, ” I never knew you,” depart from me, you workers of lawlessness. What are we doing for people and for God’s kingdom by becoming a gathering in a building we call “church” and we soft ball the gospel, we entertain and are consumed with building little kingdoms spending money on bigger buildings and larger staff instead of joining God’s army and building his kingdom. If we truly want to glorify God we have to get dirty – we need to become servants to those that are lesser. We need to be willing to do whatever it takes to spread the Gospel. The people that have shut themselves and their God inside of buildings need to do an honest heart check.
If we truly have Jesus we have the power of the Holy Spirit on the inside of us that will help us to overcome the desires of our flesh. I know that may seem offensive to some but I am not about to be politically correct when my God says there are souls that are sitting in church pews and dying in the streets. Every week I have to beg the so called Body of Christ to come out and serve people on the streets. Sorry, friends, that’s just sad. Perhaps, you feel you go to life groups or you lead worship or teach a Sunday School Class so you are doing enough. Well, as long as their are people going to hell we can never do enough.
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. 18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that —and shudder. 20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless. James 2:14-20.
Like it or not, believe it or not we will stand before God one day and answer for what we have or have not done to impact His kingdom. Bottom line, it is time to get up, get out and start leading people to Christ THEN stay in contact with them and disciple them.