Christianity

Christianity. When I say that word, depending on who you are, you will have something or someone you will think about. With the celebration of Easter and reading the life, death, resurrection of Jesus and the lives of His disciples and I read about how Peter, James and John walked with Jesus, talked with Jesus, ate and laughed with Jesus, there is definitely a jealousy in my heart. Not this immature high school jealousy, but a very deep down in my heart type of  jealousy. If you keep on reading after the book of John and continue into the Acts of the Apostles, what a life of faith they lived. Acts 5:14-15 says, “14 Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number. 15 As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by”. This was normal! People would wait, laying on the side sick and cripples, hoping that Peters shadow would pass over them and heal them. The anointing of the Holy Spirit that was on this man didn’t require a physical touch. His shadow alone was anointed to heal the sick. This was the expectation of the people during the early days of Christianity. The early church was walking in this level of faith. In Acts 8, Phillip was sharing the good news of the Gospel and all of a sudden, Phillip was transported in the Spirit. If this does not stir a fiery jealousy in your belly, go and reread these accounts. As much as I’m excited talking about this and my faith is stirred, there’s also something I find wrong. The picture that is painted by the disciples about what Christianity is, seems to be a whole different type of faith than the one I’m living. I have been to quite a few countries and ministered the Gospel there, but I have  yet to see this radical Christianity. I’m not questioning that faith if that is what you are thinking. My wrestle isn’t with Jesus, it’s with His followers. As hard as I try, my brain tries to unite the early church believers and the life of faith they lived with modern day Christianity. I try and I fail. When I read about the life of Jesus, what He did for us, the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the Acts of the Apostles, I feel like I’m getting a watered down version of what they experienced. In no way am I accusing Christians of the modern world, but I am questioning to what degree we are following Jesus. Are we really follow the teachings of Jesus, Matthew 5, 6 and 7? Are we in the streets proclaiming the freedom of Jesus? When we see a sick person, is our first response to pray or to buy them medicine? Am I so in love with Jesus that I would be willing to die for Him? I believe that the biggest problem with the Church of God today is that they are comfortable. We are so comfortable that we are falling a sleep to the sound of prosperity. I’m not talking about God blessing your life or not. I’m talking about the pulse of your heart, because as far as I’m concerned, the heart rate of the Church has slowed down to a degree that the Church herself has been put into a deep sleep. The Church of God is suppose to be a company of people who influence and effect the world, not the other way around. The world has influenced the church so much we can hardly tell anymore. There is nothing wrong with God blessing your life, your family, your home. There is something completely wrong with valuing what He blesses you with above God Himself. “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at  hand”, the message of Jesus Christ. Our eyes have been gazing upon the things of this world. Our eyes have been on the physical. Have we been so easily deceived by the devil? This world is not eternal. This world will burn away, but the Kingdom of God will last for eternity. The Church needs to wake up for this coma, because Christianity is not what we are doing. Christianity is lived out in the streets. Christianity is being the hands and feet of Jesus in our nation. Christianity does not reside in the four walls of the Church, but in the streets for the sake of the sinful and the broken. I can not live this life pretending that this is all that Jesus died for, that mere Christianity to be so boring. The calling on the ones who choose is greater than my mind can imagine. The answer to this gap is found in the scriptures and from there, we will learn of the true meaning of the word “Christian”. It’s time to get real.

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