When I was a little girl, I used to love to “play church”. I would line my baby dolls up on the bench (pew) in my bedroom and instruct my kids to be quiet and pay attention. 🙂 I would grab my hairbrush and sing in the choir. I loved “playing church”.
It was fun to pretend. I was raised up in church..so I suppose that is why I liked to “play church” too.
It’s okay to play pretend church when you are little and playing games and make-believe. Play Church in real life on the other hand, is dangerous. Going to church to just socialize or just because it looks good can be a dangerous game to play..because if you aren’t truly saved, you could be playing on borrowed time.
The saying goes: Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.
The act of just going to church does not make you a Christian. Simply doing good things and being a good person do not get you into heaven. Just because you were brought up in church and your parents were saved..doesn’t mean you inherit their salvation.Christianity is not hereditary like eye color is. Each person has been given the freedom of choice to accept Christ as Lord and Savior. God wants us all to accept the gift He so freely gave us..but He allows us the choice.
1 Timothy 2: 3,4 (NIV) ~ This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth.
Ephesians 2:8,9 (NIV) ~ For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.
1 John 5:11,12 (NIV) ~ And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
You just never know when it may be your last moment..your last chance to truly accept Him as Lord and Savior. What a tragedy it would be…to have played the part of “Authentic Believer” (true Christian) and then to die and go to hell. Surrender now, if you are not 100 percent positive that you are going to Heaven when you die. There is no shame in that..only freedom!
For those reading this that do truly have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, are you sharing that with others? Are you living as a good witness to what Christ has done for you? We should never keep the plan of salvation a secret. God’s saving grace is a gift that we should share more openly with others. Why is it so easy to share a good recipe..or to share where you can get the best deals when shopping…or even to share negativity? Shouldn’t sharing Jesus be like a surprise that we just can’t wait to shout out?!
The enemy wants us to be quiet and keep Jesus locked up inside. The enemy wants us to doubt our ability to share Jesus Christ with others. The enemy (satan) loves for us to feel inadequate. Guess what??? We are not inadequate when it comes to sharing Jesus …because the power of the Holy Spirit..the power of Jesus Christ lives in me and in you ..the moment that we accept Him as Savior God.
If you are an authentic believer, and you don’t feel like you know enough to share with someone else, then start simple. Simply share what trusting Him as your Lord and Savior has done for you. Then, begin to study God’s word..really read and study it..soak up that goodness and knowledge. You can’t share what you don’t know. So, learn it..study it..and share it, don’t keep it a secret. And most importantly, remember that faith without action behind it.. Really isn’t faith at all.
Blessings to you all ..
UNTIL NEXT TIME,