Are you a part-time Christian?
Last Sunday, a special guest, Bishop Perry Engle, came to my church to discuss what it truly meant to be a full-time Christian. A lot of people believe being a Christian involves just a one day of the week obligation. In which they show up on Sundays and maybe walk away with a piece of the sermon with them throughout the week. Now while those are both really great things for every Christian to do, is it really enough? In his sermon, Bishop Engle talked about the three truths that motivate people into becoming full-time Christians: the body, speech, and material possessions.
“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the holy spirit, who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s,” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20. This verse doesn’t state that God is playing you like a puppet or that you do not have freedom of your own will. In this verse, I look at the bible as saying to us we need to live our bodies or our life through God. For those who do follow the Christian faith, you believe that God made you and every success and lesson you have ever had is nothing more than his plan to enhance your life. With this in mind, are you using the body that God gave you to carry out his love and his message? If not, can you consider yourself to be a full-time Christian, or in some cases even a part time Christian?
The second aspect of becoming a full-time Christian is honoring God through the way you speak about him and the way you speak to others. Ephesians 4:29 states, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building other up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” This is one of my favorite bible verses I learned last Sunday through Bishop Engle. Are you using your speech to help others, or are you bullying your fellow citizens and knocking them down? While your main goal as an everyday Christian should be to use the speech you were given to spread God’s message, you aren’t doing this if you rarely talk about God and then go around bullying others.
The final truth discussed was one that many people know of, but don’t seem to want to think about too much: material possessions. We, as a culture, have an issue with buying more items than we truly need. I am definitely one to have an issue with this as well. Before I looked at this idea of material possessions in this new light, I believed it meant I needed to get rid of everything and I should never buy anything again. However, after the sermon last week, I was able to identify something I never had before. I learned that I am allowed to own things. I shouldn’t buy things just to have things but I can own material possessions. However, the difference between doing that and being a good Christian is that I need to have the mindset that I would give away my most prized possession for God.
Being a full-time Christian is tough. You’ll have to monitor your life the way God would want you to live. Being a full-time Christian is more than just a once a week deal. Remember when working towards becoming a full-time Christian you will have to be mindful of your body, speech, and possessions.