Dedicated Passionately to the Church

Sports “fans” are half-crazy. There are some who buy “jerseys” and “hats”, there are others that makes no difference whether your team wins or not. They, obviously, really do not have passion. Personally, I’ve been a fan of a team for a long time, since 1967, they have not won anything, but I keep watching their games and buying things that show I’m a fan.  I guess you could say I am passionate about that team!

There is a big difference between the person who only attends the church out of a sense of duty and the person who is really committed to it. The person who attends without getting involved has other reasons to be there, the person committed passionately to the church would really give his life for her. How, then, can we become passionately committed to the body of Christ?
There are 4 commitments that have those who are passionately committed to the Church possess.

1. Jesus is our treasure
2. The Holy Spirit is our power
3. Love is our ethic
4. The gospel is our message

1. Jesus is our treasure

What interests us more than anything else is our commitment to Jesus. For the follower of Christ, he is more than a religious figure, it is he who gave his life as a ransom for us.

Jesus makes this statement in Matthew 6: 19-21
“Do not make yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust corrupt, and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust corrupts, and where thieves do not mince nor steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. ”

When we say that Jesus is our treasure, we are talking about the most important priority of life. The priority of life is what we give priority to. It is where we get the satisfaction of life.

For some it is money, others it is their children, others their boyfriend or girlfriend, or a habit that won’t let go. However the place of priority is the place God wants! He wants for him to be in that place of priority and importance.

Matthew 19: 16-23 We read about a person who had other priorities but said at the beginning the opposite. The rich young man had it all good, but he lacked one thing, God was not his priority.

And you? The only way to be passionate about the church is to be passionate about Christ. If not, you have  a religion that you have added to the other activities of your life.

We cannot say that we are passionate about the church if Christ is not our great treasure.

2. The Holy Spirit is our power

In Acts 1 before returning to heaven, Jesus told his disciples that they had to wait in Jerusalem for the arrival of the Holy Spirit, why? Jesus knew that it would be impossible for these men and women to do the work of God by their own strength and intelligence.

If we want to be successful as a church we have to have a dependence on the Holy Spirit, why? Because the work belongs to him and not to us!  We are butlers and nothing more. 1 Corinthians 1: 26-29. The Lord uses what the world considers to be the “leftovers ” to communicate God word and applies it through the Holy Spirit to the lives of the hearers.

If it is true that a pastor should live a blameless life, the members of the church also should also aim to glorify God every day, but all this is the result of the work of the Holy Spirit. He is the one who awakens the sinner from his state, it is he who convinces the believers who have to respond to God’s call to go to all the world preaching the gospel. It is not the beautiful thing that the pastor preaches, although his messages must be well prepared, or not even a certain style of music, it is the work of the Holy Spirit who does the work!  We must rest him.

We cannot say that we are passionate about the church if we do not leave room for the Holy Spirit to do his work in our lives.

3. Love is our ethic

Although Christ must be our treasure and we must depend on the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of both believers and those who do not know the Lord yet, what makes the church a place to want to be is love.

There are two commandments that Jesus left us, we have already mentioned the first to go to the world making disciples and the other is in Matthew 22 is known with the Great Commandment, verses 37-40.

Because of the fact that God has given us His love, we have a responsibility to love one another. We can say that we love God and just go through the motions. but his saying that we are going to love each other means we meet real needs of our brothers and sisters. Let us serve others out of love and not duty.

There must be a spirit of forgiveness in the church. We must have a spirit of grace toward others. We must understand that all of us fight against sin and the enemy, and sometimes we lose.

The Apostle Paul said in Galatians 6:10, “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, and especially to the household of the faith.”

We cannot say that we are passionate about the church if love is not the motivation for everything we do.

4. The gospel is our message

Paul said, 1 Cor. 6:19 “Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!”

This is what separates the church from the other institutions in the world, our message. We declare every Sunday that Christ lives, that he died on the cross for our sins and that we can have an intimate and personal relationship with him if we repent of our sins. The church never tires of announcing it to the world. The Church should say that Jesus is our treasure, that we depend on the power and presence of the Holy Spirit and that love is our ethic, but, brothers, if we do not announce that Christ is the only mediator between God and men, if we do not tell people that Christ is ready to forgive their sins, we have become a social club.

The church of God lives and exists to communicate the message of faith in Christ Jesus. He is my reason for being and certainly yours too. We cannot say that we are passionate about the church if we do not preach the gospel.

The person that practices these four declarations, is a someone who is going to be passionate for God and for his cause in the world.

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