I often wonder what Jesus would say if He were to visit our churches today. Would he smile and say, "well done," or would He turn away and be disappointed?
I guess if we are to answer that question, we must examine what the job of the Church is.
As I thought about this question, I searched my mind to see if I could recall a scripture that would best describe our responsibility in the local church. Matthew 22:36-40 sums it up pretty good, "Teacher, which command in the law is the greatest?" He said to him, "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 command. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands."
We must first love the Lord with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our mind. That's a tall task for a mere human. Think about what that says. We are to give him all our heart, all our soul, and all our mind. The problem is, we have so much stuff competing for those things that there isn't room for God in our busy lives. Our hearts are all too often filled with worldly desires. Our souls get cluttered up with fleshly things. And our minds are bombarded with an overload of information through smartphones, TVs, computers, and the like. We live in an age where we trust Google, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat more than we trust God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
I'm not saying you can't have Twitter or Facebook or other social media platforms; but you most definitely must put God first. Many people today have an "if I have time" attitude toward God. If I'm not tired. If I don't have a rodeo. If I don't have a football game … if I don't have a basketball game, or a softball game … then, I'll go to church, then I'll spend some time with God. If we are to love Him completely, then He must come first in our lives.
The next thing Jesus talked about was loving our neighbor as our self.
When you are hungry, you eat. When you are thirsty, you drink. When you are tired, you sleep. When you have need of something, you get it at all costs. If we are to love our neighbor as our self, then we must do these things for others. People aren't drawn to selfishness and pride, they are drawn to love. And love is always accompanied with action. If you truly love someone then you will go out of your way to help them or be there for them in any circumstance. However, most people will only do this for people who are loving them back. If you want to truly display the kind of love Jesus is talking about when He says to "love your neighbor as yourself", then try loving the people you don't want to love. It's easy to love someone who is loving you back, it takes a Godly attitude and spiritual maturity to love people who aren't displaying that love to you.
So, would Jesus be proud of you if He visited your church?
I'll let you be the judge of that as you take inventory of how you are loving God and loving people.
I hope and pray that you will love each day, because life is way too short and we only get one chance to live it the right way.
God bless and have a great week in the Lord.
Wade Phillips is a pastor and evangelist with 3in1 Ministries.