I Left it at Church – December 1, 2014

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE… “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” – Galatians 5:25

THOUGHTS FOR TODAY… I searched all over for it. And yet, it could not be found anywhere.  I looked everywhere, but I wasn’t able to find it.

My little memory stick, or what some call a jump drive. I use it to download documents, pictures, videos and my sermons and then take it to church and print them out or save them to the church computer.  And as hard as I looked to find it, it just wasn’t very obvious where I had left it. And no one else knew where it was either. Penny hadn’t seen it, Breanne hadn’t used it, and it wasn’t on my dresser. I looked in the computer in our home office…I looked in the laptop at the house… I looked in my suit coat from that Sunday, but it was no where to be found.

Finally, it hit me.  I left it at the church.  Sure enough, the next time I went to the church it was there.  Right where I had left it, in the USB port of my laptop at church. So, I picked it up and and this time I took it with me. You know, it’s very sad to say, but many believers treat their Christianity very much the same way……they leave it at church. They walk out the door and if you searched their lives for evidence of their relationship with Christ, you’d have a hard time finding anything. They don’t spend much (if any) time reading and studying their Bible.  The only time they pray is when they have a need that they want God to meet.  They don’t witness.  They don’t encourage others.  They don’t do their job “heartily as unto the Lord.” Try as you might, it just isn’t obvious where their Christianity is at. Instead, you find griping and gossipping.  You find selfishness and pride.  It’s easy to spot indifference and neglect.  And it’s clear why there is so little Christian fruit and good works in their lives……they left it at church.

Friend, how about you and I?  Are we different?  Is our relationship with Christ obvious to others?  Is it out in the open, in plain view for everyone to see whether we are at work or at home, whether at the grocery store or playing golf? Can others see Christ in you and I?  Can they see our relationship with Jesus in everything we say and do? Or, have we left it at church?

Something to think about today.  And, if the answer that we find when examining our lives is, “Yes, I have left my relationship with Christ at church,” then there is only one thing to do……go back to church and pick it up. And this time, take it with us everywhere we go.

Have a “Wonderful DAY in Christ,”
Pastor Terry
Family Worship Center

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