Someone has to say it. Church service is NOT the game. Going to a worship service, discipleship class, bible study, conference, men’s fellowship, women’s fellowship, etc., is meant to be training for action.
1 John 3:18-19
Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other;
let us show the truth by our actions.
Our actions will show that we belong to the truth.
Jesus made the marching orders clear. He said, “As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” John 20:21. In other words, our mission mimics His. We do what He did. He has passed the torch and now we must carry it. What did Jesus do? Healed, set free, delivered, saved, forgave, restored, taught and discipled. That is the game.
If I am not engaged in these things that Jesus did, am I following him?
Many might say, “those are things that Jesus could do. I can’t do that” Either such statements are unbiblical and untrue or Jesus is a liar. The Bible does not provide any other alternatives. “Then why can’t I do those things.” “Why is no one getting healed and set free by me?” Also an easy answer. Because we don’t believe and we are not in the game. We have been lulled to sleep by those would have made Sunday mornings the most important part of the believer’s life. It’s not. In fact, the rest of the week is the most important part. Sunday mornings is training time. The rest of the week is game time.
The other reason we do not see this “Jesus fruit” in our lives is because we are merely playing war rather than engaging in God’s kingdom battle. We dabble in ministry with people who have uptown problems but no real needs, no real desperation or desire for God, no real need to delivered. When we hit the streets however, we will come to understand immediately that faith and action are minimum requirements.
I believe that if we go to the people that Jesus went to and move in faith to do the things that Jesus trained us and called us to do, He will meet us there and His fruit will begin to burst in our lives.
Jesus said the game begins with the least of these.
When is the last time that you prayed healing, deliverance, salvation or miracle over someone in extreme poverty, affliction, prison, homeless, starving or disabled?
If your answer is “never” or “I can’t remember,” you may not be in the game.