It’s rare that I’ll post something on a Sunday but I found this quote that really got me thinking. I could have scheduled it to post at a later time but this one just had to be put out there. My normal Sunday morning routine typically involves getting to my office well before anyone else arrives. I read through the Bible verses for that morning, look through my translation notes, drink my coffee, pray, eat a little something. Then if I have a little time to spare I’ll scroll through my social media feeds to clear notifications from the night. This morning was no different. But as I was scrolling through one of my feeds, a quote popped up that got me thinking. How selfish are we?
The quote was simple and straight forward. I was from one of those historic church figures that some know a lot about and others haven’t even heard of before. Here’s the quote that really woke me up this morning.
Now take a minute to really give that one some thought. We’re often content to go to a place on a Sunday morning and call it church. We’re content to touch base with God in prayer when things in life aren’t going well but when life is good there doesn’t seem to be a need for him. We’re ok with being consumed with parties or possessions or our past or that perfect relationship. We totally accept letting worries of this world let us drive the people close to us farther away as we let our stress and anxiety cause us to bludgeon those who are always there. None of this, at least in the moment, appears all that bad. But when these things consume us what does that say about us?
It says we’re selfish. It says that we care more about ourselves than the message we claim to believe. This lifestyle indicates that we’ve grown content to leave so many loved ones to their own fate, essentially being ok with letting them go through life without a knowledge of who Jesus is or what he’s done. The premise of this quote hit hard this morning as I read it. Who in my life am I letting go through life without knowing real life? How selfish am I when it comes to my faith?
It’s not enough to be a Christian around nonChristian people. Jesus never says to live close to people and by living around them and hanging out with them they’ll automatically know who He is. He tells us to speak to them about faith matters. He commands us to tell them about our faith. We are obligated by the faith we claim to possess to have faith conversations, to invite people around us into a relationship with Jesus, to share our faith, to proclaim the resurrection hope we have. These aren’t things for us to observe. They’re there for our obedience.
So, again I ask, how selfish are you? It appears I might be more selfish than I thought!