If you think about what it means to be a Christian, really think about what, it means to be a follower of Christ, what would this look like. I believe that the “Church” as a whole, there are exceptions, is not living up to the model of living life as a Christian and a body of believers that was represented in Acts.
I believe Acts is a great place to begin when considering what the “Church” should look like and be about. The idea that the church is not made up of a group of individuals or even individual families, but that it is one body and one Family.
In Acts 2 starting in verse 45 it says; “So they sold their possessions and property and distributed the proceeds to all, as anyone had a need.” I’m not saying that we should sell everything, but at least we could bring together what we can spare for the benefit of the whole. I mean if you have something you no longer need then you should find someone in need of it.
In Acts 2 it goes on to say in verse 46: ” And every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple complex, and broke bread from house to house. They ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And every day the Lord added to them those who were being saved.”
Maybe we cannot meet everyday, at least not all of us, to share a meal and share in worship but why do we limit it to one day a week? We, as a church should come together more often to break bread, a shared meal, and share in that time as worship.
There is a movement in this country towards house churches. I believe that house churches are the way to go these days. It’s not a new idea. In the New Testament the people, the church, met at people’s houses. I am not able to have a house church at this moment, but I know that I am being prepared to have one someday.
The idea is not to create a new way of doing “Church”, but a returning to the original idea of doing church as it relates to the Church established in the New Testament. Read Acts and pray about where God is leading your body of believers. It should not be about keeping up with the latest trends but keeping up with God’s will.
The thing to remember about Church and life as a Christian is that it is all about Christ and His sacrifice made on our behalf. It is not about dressing up and coming to a building but about living life for God. I am not talking about some of your life, but all of your life. I know that I struggle in my walk. It’s not about easy, it’s about relying on God for everything. We should we live each day for God and not think that us sitting in a pew is enough.
God did not tell them to go out and make people to sit around listening to others being disciples, but to go out and creating disciples. It does not end at creating disciples it means that you need to disciple them. If you look at the life of a Christan from point of acceptance on you should see growth. You should see a dramatic change on their lives. We’re not told to do what we were doing before but offer ourselves as a living sacrifice. I believe being a living sacrifice to God is easier than what Christ went through. If you think I am wrong then go and try it for yourself. You will not make it far.
Living as a living sacrifice is about giving over your entire life, all that you are, to the will of God. Am I saying that this is easy? By no means is this easy. I know that I fall short of this so often, but it’s not about thinking about what is impossible with us but about what is possible with God.
So, repent. Turn away from the life focused on the things of this world. Turn from the idea that you have to be that much richer or have whatever thing you think you need to have. Look to God. Look to God alone for guidance. This guidance has several forms. God uses different things to reach us. Consider these: study God’s Word, PRAY!, PRAY!, Study God;s Word, have a conversation with a strong Christian brother (if you are a woman then a strong Christian sister), Study God’s Word, and Pray. Listen with intent to God speaking to you. Do not be afraid to ask God for clarification.
God is an amazing God who loves us like a Father loves his Son. He will discipline us but His discipline comes with all instruction on how to change our lives. God is Great all of the time. Praise Him!