I can’t help feeling like being a Christ-follower is more than what I do right now. After reading through 1st & 2nd Thessalonians, I’ve thought a lot about what I do on a day to day basis as a Christian and I’ve found that I have been very idle. In 2nd Thessalonians 3:6, 11 Paul is talking about idleness and how the church should “keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness”. I feel like I waste so much time in my everyday life with things that really don’t matter.
They are things that aren’t necessarily bad things, but they prevent me from doing the things that I, as a member of the Body of Christ, have been called to do. I feel like I am not as active in my community as I should be. I should be investing in peoples lives and helping others. I also feel like I am not as active in the personal lives of people like I should be. I feel like I can only grow so much without being active before I hit a wall. I’m beginning to better understand what James says when he eloquently states “faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead”(James 2:17).
I am beginning to see the challenge in all of this. It is easy to sit back and just read my Bible and study and study more and go to church, but if I’m not reaching out to the world and investing in the lives of people, then it’s worth nothing. Absolutely nothing. My goal now is to actually invest in the lives of people and to keep up with what is going on in their lives. My goal is to reach out to the world and show them the Christ that I have spent so much time reading and studying about. That’s what it’s all about.