Mat 4:19, 20 “And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.”
Christianity may be your Hobby!
Christianity as your Hobby!
“If the way you live your life as a Christian can be explained in terms of you, what have you to offer to the man who lives next door?
The way he lives his life can be explained in terms of him, and as far as he is concerned, you happen to be “religious”–but he is not! Christianity may be your hobby, but it is not his, and there is nothing about the way that you practice it which strikes him as at all remarkable.
There is nothing about you which leaves him guessing, and nothing commendable of which he does not feel himself equally capable without the inconvenience of becoming a Christian.
–Major Ian Thomas
So, do you see yourself this morning as a messenger of the Gospel to a lost world? Be honest with yourself. I many times have to answer no to that question when I am being brutally honest with myself. It is much easier to leave the witnessing to the “full time” workers and to those with the Spiritual Gift of Evangelist. That provides me with an out. Or so I think.
The problem with that is that Jesus has work for everyone in His church to do. One of those responsibilities is to be a witness who does so verbally. Somehow we feel that if we do not have the spiritual gift of evangelist or are not a full time church servant we are not obligated to be witnesses. That simply is not true. The spiritual gift of giving gives us the perfect example. All are to give to the financial work of Jesus church but some will have a much greater burden and responsibility to do so. But again all are accountable to do so. Witnessing or evangelism is the same. All “born again” believers have the responsibility to do so which takes away any excuse I try to use.
When I challenge myself with the knowledge that Jesus expects me to do so and I will someday give account of myself to my Savior I can only say, Lord please strengthen and use me for the purpose you have for me. So prayerfully CHRISTianity is not my hobby but my life.
Mat 28:19a “Go you therefore and make disciples of all nations….”