God and I have a deal worked out. He saved me, so now I have stopped doing the things I did before I got saved and I try to do the things He wants me to do.
Listen, if you are still “living for the things of this world, you might not be a citizen of the next world.” If you can still “party-hearty,” cuss, tell dirty stories, go to places you know are wrong, look at things you know are wrong for a Christian to look at, laugh at off-color jokes, watch R- rated (and worse) movies, lay out of church, spend God’s tithe on yourself, not support your church financially because of something you want for yourself or your family, go on vacation and spend your tithe on the things for vacation instead of helping your church to meet its budget, or be evangelistic, or increase their ministry, or only go to church when you are having a rough time, or call on God only when you need Him to be your “Genie” you may not be saved.
I’m not judging. I’m just saying that if you are still living like a lost person do you really think you are saved? Do you ever feel “conviction” from the Holy Spirit? If your church closed its doors would it affect you? Would you even know? Would you care?
I shared with our people on Sunday morning that if you are skipping through life and having it easy living your Christian life there’s only one reason you and the devil are going the same way.
Jesus told us if we are living the Christian life we will have troubles, and our life will be filled with difficulties.
I really believe the Lord is coming back soon. (So do Dr. David Jeremiah, Ann Graham-Lotz, Andy Stanley, Dr. Charles Stanley, Franklin Graham,) If you are going to live a Christian life when are you going to start? What example are you setting for your kids? What example are you setting for your grandkids? Do your friends know you are busy on Sunday morning? Do they know you will be in church? Is God important to you enough to turn your back on your old self and start living the Christian life?
In other words, if you are saved why don’t you act like it? So some of you will read this and say “Amen.” Others will read this and say “Pastor Thad you’re not supposed to judge.” I’m not! I’m simply saying if you call yourself a Christian then live like one. Still others will get mad at me for posting this. My advice to you is if the shoe fits, wear it. What I’ve just said needs to be said. There’s way too many “Christians” living for the world and giving the Church a black eye. If you’re going to call yourself a Christian then live like one. By the way, other pastors might want to say this to their congregations too. But they might be afraid of people’s feedback. I’m not so you’re welcome. If you were arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?
That is Something to Think About for this week.
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Pastor Thad Gifford is the founding and lead pastor of the Crossroads Community Church, 62 E. Second St., London. He can be reached at 740-852-7800, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, www.3C-Church.org or visit the church’s Facebook page at Crossroadslondon.