Are You Asleep in Christ?
In John 5:1-16, we hear the story
of how Jesus cured a man on the Sabbath, which enraged many Jews. They were
further angered and intent upon killing Jesus, after He referred to God as His
father in verses 17-18. Jesus admonished these people in verses 19-47.
In verses 39-40, Jesus says to
them (and to us), "You study the scriptures, believing that in them you have
eternal life; now these same scriptures testify to me, and yet you refuse to
come to me for life!"
The same could be said for those
who attend church services but do not live their Christian faith during the rest
of the week. They are asleep in Christ doing only what they have to and
nothing more. They gossip about coworkers, cheat on their taxes, and seldom
volunteer for anything (unless they get something in return for it). Or they may
live a fairly honest life, but their only commitment to God is attending church
once a week. They have fulfilled their obligation. They are asleep in Christ.
To fully be alive in Christ, we
must go beyond the minimum. We must show Christ that we truly love Him and wish
to emulate Him and do the best we can to live a Christ-filled life by reading
scriptures, praying, helping others less fortunate, tithing, attending
conferences and workshops that add to or help our faith grow, and whatever else
we can find to grow our faith in Christ. That is being alive in Christ. You'll
know it, when you do. You life is fuller and richer for it. You won't ever wish
to go back to being asleep in Christ. I guarantee it!
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