What motivates you to give your time and talents to Christ? Is it because you are committed to the cause of Christianity or to Jesus himself? My friend, life’s a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day.
A number of years ago a politician, whom I knew personally, asked me to recruit signers for his nomination papers. This is a time consuming job and requires some devotion in order to do it well. Depending upon the office, a candidate can be required to list hundreds of signatures in order to qualify to have his or her name on the election ballot. The more important the office: assembly, state senator, congressman, or senator; the number of signatures advances with the office. I agreed to do this for my friend, investing hours of my time walking and driving around to collect the target number of signatures I had promised to acquire. Although my friend represented a distinctive political philosophy, one that I shared, if I had not know him personally, I would not have invested my time in getting the signatures. My motivation was due to my friendship with the candidate as opposed to a particular political viewpoint I happened to share with him. My personal relationship was paramount to the political cause itself.
Are you a Christian? If so, what motivates you to give your time and talents to Christ? Is it because you are committed to the cause of Christianity or to Jesus himself? Can your faith survive without that relationship?
Here’s a story: A rather crude and cruel experiment was carried out by Emperor Frederick, who ruled the Roman Empire in the thirteenth century. He wanted to know what man’s original language was: Hebrew, Greek, or Latin? He decided to isolate a few infants from the sound of the human voice. He reasoned that they would eventually speak the natural tongue of man. Wet nurses who were sworn to absolute silence were obtained, and though it was difficult for them, they abided by the rule. The infants never heard a word –– not a sound from a human voice. Within several months they were all dead. (Joe E. Trull.)
We can live only in relationships. We need each other. Similarly, we need Christ not only as a Savior we believe in, but as a Savior we know who personally calls us to service. The Apostle Paul was called to become a missionary to the Gentiles. Christ appeared to him, creating a personal relationship between apostle-to-be and the Lord. Acts 26:16 states: “Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen of me and what I will show you.” Jesus didn’t ask Paul to be committed to his cause. Rather, he called him to action in his name. You and I love our church, and that is as it should be; but we should never confuse our love for assembling in Christ with our love for Jesus as our personal Savior. In other words, we should never live for our church as that would be an empty motivation that is likely to keep us from really doing the hard work, like me and those petitions. Similar to those babies who never heard a human voice, if we don’t hear the voice of our Savior a dead faith is more likely our fate than a live one. Jesus is more important than the cause of Christianity.
We pray. As Christians Lord we love to be passionate about what we believe. We also know that there is so much more than just going to church and being worshipful. You are calling us to serve, to do the work and make sure that souls are saved. That requires a special commitment, more than just sitting in a pew and putting money in an offering plate. That requires us. Forgive us Lord when show up for worship but not for the work. Help us to get to know you more personally by your Spirit so that we will be motivated to do the work as well as the worship. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matt 6:34)
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