Tuesday Afternoon Musings
When are we going to stop playing games?
“Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of the God, . . .”
—2 Peter 3:11
This week in our Sunday morning worship service I introduced a new element in our liturgy, a prayer for another church in our community. Introducing this new element, I explained
- that the body of Christ is larger than our church,
- that the pastors of our community need prayer just like I do,
- that we want to pray for other churches the exact same things we pray for ourselves, namely
- that God would bring revival to them/us
- that God would purify the doctrine of them/us
- that God would purify and integrity of them/us
- and that together we would become churches filled with people who live passionately for and like Christ.
What informs such prayers?
Verses like the one above, 2 Peter 3:11. Believers in Christ have a first, primary and exclusive loyalty to Jesus. We are called to be holy as He is holy (Matthew 5:48). We are to run from immorality and toward righteousness, faith, love and peace in community with others who are doing the same thing (2 Timothy 2;22). This is the sort of people we are ALL supposed to be. The conduct of our lives is to exude a “godliness” saturated with an anticipation of the coming day of the Lord.
Pastors and leaders, are you living this way? Are you preaching this way? Are you raising your families this way? Are you working for your employer this way? Are we living in such a way that the way of Jesus is unmistakably evident in our lives?
So here’s the simple question we should all be asking.
What sort of people are we?
Are we becoming what we are called to be?
Are we serious about becoming what Jesus desires?
If Jesus is our Lord, why would we settle for anything less in our lives than living passionately for and like Christ?
When will we stop playing games with our Christianity and follow Christ with complete abandon?