Thursday, June 30, 2011

Is 80% of your Church Inactive?

     After reading this article by the Christian Post, it dawned on me that the Church is under attack from all directions. Many people whom claim to be Christians and may be a member of a Church are either Sunday morning pew warmers, or part of the C and E crowd (Christmas,Easter).
     This is perhaps Satan's most ruthless attack against believers. Satan doesn't have to tempt us in to denouncing your faith, or to commit a grievous sin. All Satan must do is make you comfortable, slowly you will  become luke warm. Before your know it, not only have you become inactive at Church, but are no longer acting as salt and light in the community. Then it begins to creep into your personal life. You think of Jesus and his sacrifice on the cross less and less. You forget to pray, and you depend on your own resources instead of the God of the universe. It's a slow creeping cancer. Just like a boiling cup of water gradually becomes room temperature, your faith cools off. While still claiming Jesus, there is no sign of the regenerative power of the Holy Spirit in your life. This is when Satan has you right where he wants you, and you don't even know it.
      Associating with other believers keeps us Spiritually fed. Few of us have the self-discipline to stay focused on God, and his purpose for our life without flesh and blood guidance and encouragement. Whether we like it or not, we are part of the greater body of believers.

So the body is not one part but many. If the foot should say, "Because I'm not a hand, I don't belong to the body," in spite of this it still belongs to the body. And if the ear should say, "Because I'm not an eye, I don't belong to the body," in spite of this it still belongs to the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But now God has placed the parts, each one of them, in the body just as He wanted. And if they were all the same part, where would the body be? Now there are many parts, yet one body.
(1Co 12:14-20 HCSB)
     In knowing this, each of us has a responsibility, to ourselves, and Christ to be actively involved in a ministry. There are circumstances that can make this difficult, and you may even be one of those individuals that have "slipped out the back door." This happens to many of us. We are going through this very thing as I type..
     Becoming inactive at Church is perhaps one of the most discouraging experiences that a Christian can suffer through. 

     Have you ever gone through a "luke" warm stage in your walk with Jesus? If you have, please tell us about it in the comment section. By sharing our heartache and experiences, we may grow and heal.


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