Summary: Christianity is more than what we do in a church building on Sunday morning. It needs to be lived 24/7.
A. How would you describe your relationship and your commitment to Jesus Christ right now?
It would be great if we were all 100% committed to Jesus Christ. It would be great is we would all commit ourselves to the vow which says...
VOW:"I will do the best that I can with what I have where I am for Jesus’ sake today."
But I realize that our relationship with Jesus ebbs and flows. We have mountain top experiences on some occasions, but sometimes we find ourselves in the valleys. So how would you describe your relationship withe the Savior right now.
Some of you here today may not have been to church much and don’t really know what Church is all about. So you might say, "We’ve never really met." That would be an honest answer.
Some of you may know quite a bit about God, but you’ve never really made any kind of commitment to Him. "An acquaintance".
"Good Friend" He’s been there for me, I am living my life for Him, but I could still be a lot closer.
"Intimate relationship" Maybe you’ve been a Christian for a long time and you simply cannot imagine a life apart from Christ.
Unfortunately, there is at least one more group here today. "We used to be best friends."
B. One of the problems we face today is that there is a constant pressure not to take our faith seriously. In our world it is okay to be religious–just don’t be a fanatic–don’t let it control your life. In the media Christians are often portrayed as wimps and weirdos or sometimes they are shown in the other extreme–NRA badge wearing, gun carrying, fanatic.
Politicians will often talk about the importance of God and their faith in one breathe and then try to rally support for immoral legislation in the next. They claim to be Christians yet fight for such things as partial birth abortions and same-sex marriage. When questioned about their stance, they say they are able to separate their faith and their responsibility to their nation.
But, you see, being a Christian is not something that you turn on and off. It’s not simply a matter of gathering with other Christians on a Sunday morning and not giving your faith a second though until the following Sunday. Christianity is who you are 24/7 - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The same faith that gets you out of bed to go to church on Sunday morning is the same faith that carriess you to work on Monday. You see, when we commit our lives to Jesus Christ, it’s not just a commitment to be in church on Sunday morning, or to throw a few dollars in a offering plate, or to pray occasionally or read your Bible every now and then. No, it’s a commitment to a new lifestyle
That is the kind of faith we see in a woman by the name of Mary. You know Mary, the sister of Martha. It was their brother Lazarus that had died, whom Jesus had called forth from the grave even though he had passed away four days earlier..