Title: Christianity Is Not Only For Sundays
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Some people believe that Christianity is only for Sundays, at church. You can do anything you want from Monday to Saturday and then when it's Sunday, "Oh, now we must pray, read the Bible and most importantly, be good."
But that mentality is wrong. God is not only reserved for Sunday. Being a Born-Again Christian, praying, reading the Bible and being good are not just reserved for Sunday. It is not just a part of our lives, but it's our whole life.
Our lives must be Christ-centered, living by His Word day and night, obeying His Word at all times, being like Jesus in our walk and in our speech.
Like the song says: "I must have Jesus in my whole life, I must have Jesus in my life. In my walking, in my talking, in my sleeping, in my waking, I must have Jesus in my life."
As we live our lives in the school, in the playground, on the field, on the job and every where we go, we must let people see Jesus' light shine through us.
In Matthew 5:13-15, it says, "You are like salt for everyone on earth. But if salt no longer tastes like salt, how can it make food salty? All it is good for is to be thrown out and walked on. You are like light for the whole world. A city built on top of a hill cannot be hidden, and no one would light a lamp and put it under a clay pot. A lamp is placed on a lamp stand, where it can give light to everyone in the house."
"Salt can lose its flavour. When it gets wet and then dries, nothing is left but a tasteless residue. Many Christians blend into the world to avoid the cost of standing for Christ. Jesus says if Christians lose their distinctive saltiness, they become worthless. Just as salt flavours and preserves food, we are to preserve the good in the world, keep it from spoiling, and bring new flavour to life. This requires planning, willing sacrifice, and unswerving commitment to Christ's kingdom. Being 'salty' is not easy, but if a Christian fails in this function, he or she fails to represent Christ in the world." (Student's Life Application Bible, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.)
What Good would it do if we only show our Christian qualities around other Christians? Yes, it could help those Christians who may be falling back. But we are to show our Christian qualities by being like Christ to the unsaved so that they may be saved too (through accepting Jesus as their personal Saviour by faith).
It also says in Matthew 6:24, "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. [...]" It's either God or Satan. And we all know that we must serve God. So since we can not serve both God and Satan, then we can't be a "Christian" on Sundays and then smoke weed, get drunk, swear and commit other sins on the other days of the week.
In James 3:9-12, it is written, "My dear friends, with our tongues we speak both praises and curses. We praise our Lord and Father, and we curse people who were created to be like God, and this isn't right. Can clean water and dirty water both flow from the same spring? Can a fig tree produce olives or a grapevine produce figs? Does fresh water come from a well full of salt water?"
There are only two roads in life: the narrow road, which leads to eternal life with Jesus, and the wide road, which leads to destruction and death. You can not walk and both roads or switch to the narrow road on Sundays at church.
So we must choose which road we want to walk on because you can't fool God.
Christianity is a lifestyle and a relationship with God.
Picture you and a "good" friend of yours; what kind of friend would they be if they were only nice to you on one day of the week, but the rest of the week, they slander you, insult you and talk bad about you right in front of you? That's not much of a good friend, now are they? It is the same with us and God. We can't just obey Him on Sundays and then disobey Him during the rest of the week. Because then we become like that "good friend" (note the sarcastic quotation marks) who obey God on Sunday and disobey Him during the rest of the week right in front, because we all know that God sees all and hears all. How would you feel if your friend was talking bad about you and you knew that they knew that you were hearing the whole thing? It's like they are purposely trying to hurt you. Are we purposely trying to hurt God when we disobey Him, fully aware of the fact that He can see and hear every move we make and every word we speak?
What if God decided to only love us on Sundays, to feed us only on Sundays, to clothe us, bless us, protect us, heal us and comfort us only on Sundays, and not from Monday to Saturday? I'm sure we'd have a lot to complain about. The same way God devotes Himself to us, we must devote our lives to Him.
So don't just be a Christian on Sundays, but everyday, everywhere; at school, at work, with your friends, with you family, at home, on the field, on the court, everywhere you go.
Let Jesus' light shine through, let everybody know who's in control of your life, who keeps you safe, who loves you so much that He died that you may have life, and what a blessing it is to have Jesus in your life. And perhaps one day, that light may shine on someone who has been blinded by Satan's wickedness, that they too may enjoy God's blessings and accept God's free gift of eternal life.
Don't be ashamed of being Christ's Follower.
Luke 9:26 says, "For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father's, and of the holy angels.".