Some folks believe the Christian faith gives them both the Lord and the world. The desire is merely to have fire insurance when they pass on to eternity. Commitment is not in their vocabulary. They remind me of the old Brylcreem commercial that tells us that “a little dab will do you.” Remember? You Tube flash back below:
I have met quite a few church hoppers through the years. You know, whereas their “commitment” is one hour at a different church every other week. I believe their understanding of the truth of Christianity is usually real, yet their heart, hands, feet and time do not follow their profession. They intentionally find invented “problems” wherever they go, because if they did not, they might be expected or asked to be part of a time consuming ministry in the local church. So, the preacher is too “hellfire and brimstone” in his delivery, or he is too soft, the choir is too old fashioned, no one pays attention to me, etc., etc., etc. There is always an excuse, because not to have one would force us to be (Dare we say it?) ACCOUNTABLE. They then attend another church in this never ending cycle. Their only commitment is to non commitment. Whenever they are spoken of, one can always say: “They are attending another church.”
They desire an inoculation and not a saturation. We are talking “touch base” Christianity. They follow movements, personalities and teachings – and they carefully hold them at arms length as they are already planning on their exit strategy. I have spoken to people who tell visitors from the local church, that “they go to the other church in town,” playing both ends against the middle, and in reality they consistently attend no church in town. Having been in the ministry for awhile, I am on to their slipping through the cracks and flying under the radar shenanigans, and I have no positive feeling when they come, anticipating their soon departure for greener pastures for whatever their newly concocted reason(s). Of course we always pray for a change of heart.
A careful reading of the Word of God however, tells us that this is always the case. There are many professors and few possessors. Let us close this devotional with the challenging Words of our Lord and Savior:
13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Real believers produce real fruit. Real believers desire to do more than blend in with the woodwork and continually look for another church. The difference? Jesus Christ has their heart, and they are truly born from above. They are chomping at the bit to serve, and do not even have to be asked. They are best summed up as truly living Romans 12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
It is inexcusable for anyone to consider themselves a committed Christian, who go for years without membership and consistent attendance in the local church of their choice! Real salvation, sacrifice and service go together like love and marriage and like a horse and carriage. Pretenders stick out like dead branches on a tree that are soon swept away. When Jesus has your heart, He has all of you, and you enjoy rubbing elbows with others who are just as imperfect as you are! You think about that.