26 April, 2016
Post By : David Lindner
You’ve heard me say it before. An hour on Sunday is not enough. Simply being at church on a Sunday morning doesn’t matter at all, if it doesn’t affect the other 167 hours of the week.
That’s a big misconception. I can just go to church, and get my Jesus fix for the week (or for some of us, get our fix for the month) and call it good. I feel better about myself because I went to church. Now I can go out of here and live like I want for another week, and just come back for a good cleaning next week.
If that’s what you’re thinking, I must inform you that is not correct. Following Jesus is a daily pursuit. It’s a daily dying to ourselves and a daily picking up the cause and cross of Jesus Christ.
23 “Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. 25 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? 26 Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.” Luke 9:23-26
We’ve gotten a little shy about teaching the whole truth of the gospel in recent history. We like the parts about Jesus loving us, and Jesus’ grace and all the good things that Jesus have to offer. And we should. Those are wonderful things. But, in our over emphasis of some of these things, we’ve sidestepped our personal responsibility as disciples of Jesus.
Jesus has no desire to be added to your sinful life so you can feel better about the wrong that you do when you’re not around other believers. Jesus wants your life to be transformed from that old, sinful prison into a new, truthful freedom.
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:1-2
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” – Gal 5:1
If our lives outside of Sunday mornings aren’t being affected by Christ, then we’re not really being disciples. A huge reason for Jesus to transform you and leave you in the brokenness of the world is that you may shine the light of the gospel into the darkest corners. This means we must live transformed lives in the here and now.
And that’s why we do what we do. That’s why we do Sunday, and Tuesday Evening Fellowship. And that’s why we do the daily coaching videos. To help you apply God’s truth to your life in the other 167 hours of the week.
Because and hour on Sunday is not enough.
To make it even more simple, you can just go to the domain, www.anhourisnotenough.com to see all the daily coaching videos.