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Are you open for Jesus Monday to Sunday?

You’ve heard about Sunday Christians. You see them on Sundays. They don’t get too involved with the church and if you bump into them on a weekday, they behave like a different person. You’ve also seen Devout Christians – people who follow God wholeheartedly and the familiar faces who show up at almost every church events.

Then there are Christians like me who are a little harder to distinguish. I attend service and small group, serve in church, read bible, and do whatever I can to inch closer to God. Yet when my leader texted if I’m coming to the church’s monthly Prayer Meeting on that very day, I hesitated. I’ve always thought Prayer Meetings are for the holiest members of the congregation because the people who attend are usually the devout and it falls on a Wednesday night. The latter might not sound like a solid reason but you see, I’ve planned God’s activities to be on Sunday and Friday – the days I attend church and small group.

So I started having a mental debate whether I should come to the meeting. The argument centred on the questions if I don’t go to church tonight, how will I spend my evening? Will it be more useful or meaningful? I’d spend time with my family at home which is a strong case because I don’t spend enough time at home, and I would be reading this book called Evidence for God: 50 Arguments for Faith from the Bible, History, Philosophy, and Science. Then I began to see the irony. I was about to choose to stay home and read about the evidence for God when I could be in church experiencing the evidence for God. I decided if I can get off work on time, I will make my way to church. And yes, God made it happen.

SURRENDER MY DAYS

Standing in the church hall that night made me feel out of place. I was not used to worshiping God in church among the “stronger” Christians on a Wednesday night. Sure I listen to sermon at home on weekdays but it’s not the same to seek God on your own time and comfort versus rearranging your schedule to be at His altar. I clapped and lifted up my hands during praise and worship like I usually do on weekends but deep down I was wondering if the awkwardness of being in God’s presence that night will go away. Finally I did what I need to do. I prayed and invited Jesus to be Lord over my life Monday to Sunday.

LIVE ON GOD’S TERMS

I wake up to pray and listen to sermon every morning, read a Christian book on my way to work, and read the bible at night. On the surface it seems like I have my spiritual life figured out. I even prayed for God to enter every room of my life but I didn’t realize I only hand Him the keys on Sundays and Fridays.

Is God a guest or is He the owner of your life? When we choose to live for God it means He holds the keys and has access to every room in your life. Matthew 16:24 says “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”  It doesn’t say to follow Him on a specific day because following Jesus is a 24/7 commitment. Jesus is not a counsellor or therapist whom you schedule your time with. He is the leader of our lives and He has the privilege to rearrange our schedule. We live under His terms and not the other way around.

OPEN WHEN HE KNOCKS

If I had said ‘no’ when my leader asked me to come to the meeting I wouldn’t be writing this. It wasn’t the first time my leader asked me to a church event, few of which I declined but there’s one thing I learn – I can keep saying ‘no’ to man, but I can’t say ‘no’ to Holy Spirit forever. Every time you say ‘no’ to God, you’re distancing yourself from Him and disobedience will eventually dull your spiritual senses. Unless you’re ready to live without God, don’t let yourself slips into a place where you’re no longer bothered by Holy Spirit’s prompting. The fact that you’ve read my writing to this point, I hope means that you have the desire to live out the life that God calls us to have and so let your heart be open to Him 24/7.

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Put up this sign for God. Photo Credit: Pinterest, Etsy.com

X,

Mel.

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Why do Christians like to invite people to church?

“Does Christian have a quota for the number of people they bring to church each week?” someone asked me today, and when I asked the reason for the question he said “because I have a friend who is a recent convert and she keeps asking me and my friends to church that it annoys us.”

To answer the question; No, we don’t have a quota. At least my church doesn’t and thankfully I’ve not heard of any church imposing such rule. But this certainly isn’t the first time I’m getting such a question.

In Christianity, there are two things of importance; The great commission and great commandments.*

The great commission is to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19). The commission mandates us to share the gospel so more people will come to know Christ. 

But we also have another 2 great commandments; first to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important commandment. The second is exactly like it: ‘You must love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39).

These 2 commandments are the reasons why we’re sharing the Word to you. 

If you know me personally, I think it’s easy to tell that I’m a christian because I pray before meal, I go to church, attend care group, etc. But apart from the rituals, you hardly find me taking the initiative to introduce Jesus to a non-Christian and why? Because I’m shy, and/or don’t feel the need to share, let someone else do the job, and most of the time I don’t care about them enough to want to share the word. Yep.

When you have something good, you will want to share it. If you know of a good bargain, you’d inform your friends (unless you’re one of those people – the non-sharer). This is why Facebook share button is such a hit because people like to share. Knowing Jesus is a good thing and the natural thing for me to do is to share it with people I love. Unfortunately I don’t love a lot of people… So… if I’m sharing about Jesus to you chances are I like you very much. I might drop subtle hints about Christianity instead of outright evangelizing, that also means I care.

As cheesy as it sounds, Christianity is a lot about love. If you know of a Christian who is very judgmental and unloving that is because he/she hasn’t completely understood the 2 commandments. I don’t blame them, it’s not easy to love God wholeheartedly and to love your neighbour as yourself. The latter is tricky because you need to first love yourself in order to love others. If a Christian judges you, I’m sorry… I do hope to tell you not all christians are like that but then you might have heard someone told you that too.

In any case, yes we can be a bit annoying when it comes to evangelising and relentlessly inviting you to church. But that’s because we care. As a dormant Christian, I thank Christians who tirelessly share the gospel despite rejections. I too hope one day to love others enough to step out of the comfort zone.

With love,

Mel.

Disclaimer: When I say “we” I was referring to me, myself and I. It might not be a representation of you. If you are a Christian and feel misrepresented, my apology for the confusion and rest assured I meant no harm. 

This explains my affection for cats.

This explains my affection for cats.

*there are 2 commandments so technically there are 3 things of importance.

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[#spiritualsunday] Why I Give.

Church Building Fund can somewhat be a controversial topic. However, last night was my church’s, Trinity Christian Centre, Vision Rally and the congregation submitted our faith promise for the Church Building Fund. As I was watched the amount of money being pledged, I’m proud to be part of a church that knows the importance of giving to the Kingdom of God.

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I’ve experienced God’s love for me through the ups and downs of my life and I want to share of His goodness to as many people so that they too can experience God’s love. By giving to the church with the same mission, I’m building that dream of reaching out to more lives and it is also a sign of faith. e.g. we might not have 20,000 members but we’re building a facility to accommodate 20,000 people because we believe our members will grow to that size. Faith is believing in what we have not yet seen.

I know many people or you might still think it’s stupid to give so much to the church and the church is spending all these “donation” lavishly. To be honest, I don’t really care. I mean I’m happy that my church leaders have so far been transparent about how the church funds are being utilized. But if I belong to a church that misused the church fund, I might be disappointed with the management but it won’t stop me from giving to God. I give because I desire to see extension of God’s kingdom. That’s all. How the church uses the fund, is between them and God. Between me and God, I’m doing what I can to build the church. If the money I gave help to bring one person to come to know Christ, that is good.

I can understand why members left the church if they found out their tithe/church building fund is misused. But I don’t really understand if they choose to leave God altogether. When we placed our trust in man, they may fail us. But our God is still the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. May we continue to become a generous giver to the society and wherever we are placed.

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Matthew 6:21

Cheers,
Mel.

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