Andrew and I went to Bayside Church last night in Granite Bay, CA. I love this church for a few reasons. I was an intern there first and foremost so that's how I was introduced to this church. I love how real everyone is. Every person I encounter is friendly and genuine. You don't get that in very many Christians anymore sadly. They're totally following what God has commanded us as Christians to do. Love people where they are at, reach the people who how never heard of Jesus and teaching messages that aren't necessarily so theological and sacred you feel scared to go out and apply Jesus teachings to your life. I will get into this more after I talk about how amazing Francis Chan was last night.
Okay, Francis Chan was AMAZING. This man is full of the love of Jesus and so much truth and he puts it so simply. Love Jesus and go share that with others. Its the greatest commandment God gave us.
"Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
I don't think it gets any simpler than this. Reach out to people. Your family friends and people you don't know. It's easy to establish a life of church routine. You have church on sundays. Small group on tuesdays. Youth group wednesdays. Weekly coffee dates with christian friends looking over the bible. Maybe an outreach on saturday. Then it's Sunday again and we've done all our wonderful christian duties for the week just to start them all over again. This isn't wrong I just don't think it's entirely what God commanded us to do. These are wonderful but God didn't call us to reach our christian friends. He called us to reach the lost. The family member who is an alcoholic and hits the bottle every time a problem arises. The friend who can't stop sleeping around because she can't find security in anything else but men. The person standing next to you in line for coffee who looks so alone and lost. We don't have to scream at them, "JESUS LOVES YOU! GO TO CHURCH!" no no. They need someone to listen to them. To not judge them. To meet them where they are at and show them love, kindness and a helping hand.
I see so many judgmental and Im better than you Christians. The last time I read about those type of people in the bible it was those high priests who acted like they were so holy and better. Did you ever see Jesus act like that?
I don't have time to waste on my "christian duties." They have a place and a purpose but they shouldn't be your sole purpose in life. So many church's are wasting time making every little detail perfect, striving for perfection and yet behind closed doors there's arrogance and this sense that God's purpose on your life is unattainable for you when it's not.
Jesus taught us so many things while He walked this earth. He DIED for our salvation. Then he commanded you to go tell everyone. WHY are we not doing that?? Because we're to busy making our ministry cooler and appealing. We're more concerned if the message is 35 minutes and not 40. We care about the name of our church. We care about doing the church's housekeeping of the week. We care about if the music is loud. We care to much about what's happening inside our church instead of what's happening outside. It's not wrong to care, but where's the balance?
I am NOT perfect. I never have been never will. I have made mistakes. I have fallen way off course and still do. However, I am at a point in my life where I don't care about being a Facebook christian. I care about people and I care where they are at. I don't care if we disagree on everything I want to love people the way Jesus did. Life changes in a blink of an eye. Why would you keep waiting for tomorrow, when it can be done today?
Jesus called me to Go and Im going.