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Summary: Is Jesus Your Hobby or Your Lifestyle?

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Is Jesus Your Hobby or Your Lifestyle?

Deuteronomy 6:4-5

4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:

5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

1 Timothy 4:12

12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

According to Webster, a hobby is: “an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation.

And a lifestyle according to Webster is: “the typical way of living, reflecting attitudes, preferences, etc., of an individual or group.

There are many things in life that people do that are hobbies. It’s something that’s on the side that we do for pleasure. A hobby is an occasional thing, not something that’s consistent.

But other things in life that makes up who and what we are, such as our occupation. Our lifestyle is something that is daily, consistent, and who and what we are.

The things we are compassionate about is usually what we are known by. What one is passionate, excited, or in love with will be something they spend a large amount of time with and they will always find time and take part in the things that promote the things that they love.

Usually others around us know what is really important to us.

I want to ask a question. When people make mention of you in conversation, what are you known by? Is Jesus your lifestyle or is He just your hobby? Are you consistent in your walk with God or is He just your hobby on a 2/3 week basis, or just when you come to church?

Most people we are around know that we go to church. Just attending church doesn’t prove anything. Many people go to church. Jesus and church can be a hobby. Just attending church services is not living for God; even though we are suppose to be there EVERY service according to the Bible. And if we are, that doesn’t mean we’ve made it. That doesn’t mean we’re living for God.

The things that we don’t do, rules and restrictions, are not living for God. Living for God is not what we don’t do, but living for God is what we do. Living for God is what He does through us. Remember we are saved by doing His will. The rules and restrictions have their place. We must understand that it’s what we put on, it’s what the Lord Jesus Christ does through us.

Matthew 7:21

21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

We can’t do His will without:

1. Him

2. Holy Ghost

3. Word of God

4. Church

5. Preaching

6. Grace

7. Mercy

8. Blood

9. The Name

We have to have it all to do His will.

It’s got to be a daily thing, something that’s consistent. It’s our lifestyle and not a hobby. It’s not something that we are doing part time; it’s not something that we are doing on the side. But it’s something that we got to do all the time.

Deuteronomy 6:5

5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

The scripture says we got to be an example

1. In word- Word of God

2. In conversation- Lifestyle, your manner of life

3. In charity- love

4. In spirit- the Holy Ghost

5. In faith- believing God, walking with God, walking by faith

6. In purity

You can’t be a good example in conversation and charity if Jesus is just a hobby. It has to be in our lifestyle.

We can’t do it as a hobby, but it only can be done because it’s what we are and how we live.

We only can be an example for Jesus when we have a consistent relationship with Jesus, a consistent lifestyle.

We need to include Him in EVERYTHING we are doing.

Proverbs 3:5-6

5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Why must we acknowledge Him? Because it’s our lifestyle!! It’s not just a hobby, but it’s who we are.

We wants our full heart. He doesn’t want just half. Anything else is idolatry and there is or should be no other gods beside Him.

We can’t just say “Lord, I’ll pick you up here when I need you. I’ll talk to you when I need you. Lord, I’ll pay attention to you when I need you. But mean while let me engage in this and let me engage in that until you’re needed.”

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