Ashley and I loved watching the Olympics. Our favorite was the swimming events, but we also attempted to see many of the sports that we would not normally watch. Although we knew very little about some of these events, an interesting phenomenon began occurring – after 15 minutes of watching, somehow, we became experts who were yelling things like, “Too much splash!” or “Ooh, she really over-rotated on that one” or “How did you not land that frontside heel flip!” We found ourselves speaking as experts on things we really didn’t know anything about, all because we spent a few minutes observing!
It kind of reminds me of this old commercial:
I’m afraid that sometimes, Christians treat their relationship with God that way. They spend two hours a Sunday at church, two hours a week in the Bible, an hour a week in prayer, and they think they’re good. In fact, they even think they are qualified to give “advice” to others on what they should or should not be doing or saying, or how they should or should not be acting. How quickly we become “experts” in discipleship when it comes to others, even if we’re not there yet ourselves. Think about the scenario I described above. This Christian is devoting five hours a week to God. Not counting eight hours a night of sleep, there are 112 waking hours in a week, which means our Christian is spending approximately 5% of his or her waking hours with God. 5%. I wonder how many Olympic athletes spend 5% of their time training for their sport. My guess is zero. To get to that level, it requires you to be “all in,” to be dedicated to improving every single day.
Such is the journey of discipleship. The Apostle Paul is clear: We cannot become disciples of Jesus with a part-time faith. Look at what he tells the Philippians:
“I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return.”
Did you hear that? More and more. Oh, that I would want more and more of Jesus! Oh, that my love for God and others would be more and more! Oh, that my heart for the broken and the needy would grow more and more! This Sunday we’ll be looking at a similar prayer from Paul to us, this time from his letter to the Colossians (1:9-12 if you want to read ahead). Join us as we find out together what it looks like to actually become more and more like Christ, and not just spend a night at a Holiday Inn Express!
Note: Don’t forget about our “Rock the Block” back-to-church party this Sunday afternoon from 4:00-7:00. This is an event for the whole family and includes food, games, inflatables, live music, a slip-n-slide (parents, bring a towel for your kiddos!), as well as lots of information about different ministries and studies you can be involved in. Please park in the Parking Deck and join us!