Summary: Living your life in a way that always gives GOD glory.
Biblical Text: John 6: 66
“From that time, many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.”
I remember watching a man put one dollar in the collection plate and take out four. He came to church that day with a personal agenda that had little to do with worship. Apparently, he had gone out of the Christian business, and just hadn’t taken down his sign yet.
There are many folks just like him. They enter the sanctuary looking for something that has little, if anything, to do with Christ. Perhaps they come out of sheer habit. Grandma came every Sunday, and Mom came every Sunday. There they are, in the same pew, with the same religious air about them…sort of like a hereditary religion.
Then there are those who mosey into the church on occasion….Occasions like Christmas and Easter, Mother’s Day and Thanksgiving. For them, it’s a sense of tradition that’s hard to squelch. They sit in the back and exit just before, or right after the offering. No need for a benediction. They don’t believe in God’s blessing abilities anyway.
Or perhaps we should mention those who attend regularly, belong to every club and auxiliary in the church, but haven’t had a talk with Jesus lately. They’re involvement in fellowship and program events keeps them so busy, there’s not time for Bible Study or Outreach Ministries. They can usually be found at the Saturday Night Church Fashion Show, but they are seldom found at the Friday Night Worship and Praise Service. If there’s a vacant position that needs filling, they’re eager to hold the title, as long as it doesn’t require public prayer, scripture reading, or a personal testimony.
Today we highlight these disguised unbelievers, and propose a solution for cleansing the church. If you have gone out of business, you ought to take down your sign!
Christians should possess certain qualities that speak of their commitment to Christ. If one professes to be a child of God, you can no longer be a child of the devil. A true child of God will willingly follow the leadership of his Father, and obey His commands. The Old Testament Law gives us an oversimplification of Christian demeanor in the form of the Ten Commandments. Let’s look at what they tell us about the qualities or character of a Christian.
The first and second commandment express God’s intolerance with idolatry. “Thou shall have no other gods before Me. Thou shalt not take unto thee any graven image.” From these two commandments we glean that a Christian has a real attachment to his Father that prohibits him from becoming too attached to anyone or anything else. He serves a jealous God who demands first place in his life.
The third commandment warns us not to use the Lord’s name in vain. A Christian loves his Father too much to think of discrediting His name.
The fourth commandment reinforces God’s right to have a special day set aside to visit with His family. A real Christian wants to go home, at least once a week, to visit with his Father.
The fifth commandment gives the Christian a formula for a peaceful family life. Christians honor their earthly fathers and mothers.