Yesterday in church the message was from Mark 11.15-25. We are currently unpacking what it means to be a disciple of Christ. This particular text dealt with Jesus in the temple and His anger with the people who were buying and selling. Jesus knocked over tables and said "My Temple will be called a house of prayer for all nations, but you have turned it into a den of thieves." Jim, our pastor, described how this was applicable to us. The word thieves is us, you and me. People who are living a "Christian" life but may not really be a disciple of Christ. We think that we can live a worldly life and it is okay because we believe in Him. This is not true.
There are two types of followers:
1) people who are living a lie, they play church, say they are a Christian, but have a different life Monday through Saturday then how they act on Sunday morning. They are selfish with their money, don't help others, and are hooked on material possessions.
2) people who are struggling with the truth, these are the people who genuinely yearn to be a devoted follower of Christ, believe they are, but may have struggles with their daily lives and how it can best glorify Him. They give to those in need, see the worth in living sacrificially for the mission of Jesus Christ.
So which one are you? I believe that I am a struggler. My life has changed greatly in the last few years and it is because of Him, because I want to be a disciple to Him, because I love Him.
There are some people in my life that are the first description...I hope that I can be a light for Him and show them that this world is not want we should long for. It is not about houses, cars, purses, shoes, etc. This life should be about Him. What we can do for Him every day, every week, every moment.