Jesus is not a Style


 

A friend sent me a video the other day, poking fun at the way our culture “Does” church. At first I thought it was really funny, because it was so true to life.

But the more I watched, the more saddened I became, because we’ve almost made Jesus fit our image or style rather than allowing Him to simply live in us and work through us.

I watch on various websites as pastors and their staff strive to create relevance through technology when in fact I think the old model of church is our model not necessarily God’s.

When you get outside that system, and separate yourself from the program and the performance, you get a clearer picture of how it looks to those on the outside.

Jesus will never be relevant. He’s not going to be popular. Following Him is not attractive or easy or manageable or going to make my life look better.

Jesus isn’t a program. He’s not a lifestyle. He’s not someone you can put on He’s someone you put into your life. Jesus is not a three-point sermon or a self-help book.

Jesus is a relationship and I think it’s time we start acting like it.

1 Comment

  1. Greg Ewert on November 9, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Very true… ! And like Jesus said:

    (Mat 10:33-36 NLT) “But if anyone denies me here on earth, I will deny that person before my Father in heaven. {34} “Don’t imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! No, I came to bring a sword. {35} I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. {36} Your enemies will be right in your own household!”

    Jesus isn’t about finding the Happy Happy Joy Joy in this life… Serving God is serving each other… for a few short years, here on earth, for an eternity of peace.

    Do for others what you would like them to do for you. This is a summary of all that is taught in the law and the prophets. {13} “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose the easy way. {14} But the gateway to life is small, and the road is narrow, and only a few ever find it. {15} “Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep, but are really wolves that will tear you apart. (Mat 7:12-15 NLT)

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