The days of the easy-going Christian are numbered. The laissez-faire attitude exhibited by so many professed Christians leads not to Heaven, but to Hell. We were given the gift of freewill by our Creator with the intent that we would give it back. When we surrender to Christ, we relinquish the rights to our own ideas and individualism so that we might have the mind of Christ and be one with Him. Little children do whatever they want to obtain pleasure in life. Adults make measured, intentional steps to reach their goals. Far too many Christians are content to stay in the infancy of their faith, convinced there will be a lack of consequences. Jesus Christ did not come to this earth to be tortured and crucified so that you could say a magic prayer and then live your life in the same manner you did before you prayed. He came to redeem your soul. Redemption comes through surrender; Christ sacrificed His life for us so that in turn we could follow Him by giving ourselves away to Him. We have the far easier end of the bargain, but we still have a part we must play.
Nowhere in Scripture does it teach about the popularized “sinner’s prayer” that is taught in so many churches around the world. However, the Bible does teach that if we would be followers of Jesus then we must give up every claim to our old life. It teaches that we are to share what we have with those around us so that no one is in need. It teaches that we must lay our lives down for others just as Christ laid His down for us. What Bible have we been reading for the past couple of hundred years? The Bible says that all are called to go throughout the world teaching about Jesus and making disciples, yet few of us ever leave our neighborhoods. We write checks to give to those who apparently have some mystical calling to be missionaries. We are all missionaries; the Bible exempts no one. Jesus told us to “Go” and we simply can’t find the time because we are immersed in the shallow cultural activities of our modern societies and lives.
The church at large is in need of a massive wakeup call or we face a devastating future. Listen to the words of Jesus in Matthew 7:17-23; how many of us will come to Him on our final day, thinking we our secure in our salvation and yet be turned away in utter shock and despair when He says that He never knew us? If we do not repent now and change the way we are doing life, we may not have the opportunity to do so later. None of us is guaranteed another breath, yet we live as if we are indestructible. Look at the world around you, and what do you see? Selfish people living selfish lives convinced of their own immortality. Few give any thought to the sick and dying, the poor and hungry, or the persecuted and enslaved. We don’t want to look at those images or acknowledge our responsibility to the world. We’d rather be content to gather in our buildings once a week, break some bread, drink some juice and go home. Our commitment to the mission and calling of Jesus Christ is pathetic and we are in serious danger of being found lacking when it comes to our time of judgment.
We’ve got to wake up, and we’ve got to do it now. If we serve Christ then we must do the things He told us to do. We are covered by His blood so that we might share it with others. We must be His hands and feet to a world of death and decay. If we will not carry out His mission, then who will? It takes more than a prayer to be committed and more than good intentions to affect change in our world. Our lives are no longer our own; they belong to Jesus for the purposes of accomplishing what He determines. We are the ones responsible for bringing justice to our world. We are the bearers of His cross. This is not a charge for the faint of heart; it is a mission for those who would dare to call themselves followers of Jesus, and in so doing, to change their world. Freewill is dead; long live the will of Christ.