This past weekend I went to play golf with a friend of mine. It was an incredible day to be outside, mid 60’s, slight breeze out of the west, not a cloud in the sky, picture perfect. It was less about playing golf, and more about spending time with my friend. Our conversation went to everything from hunting this fall to tinnitus in my ears (he is a doctor and I am a hypochondriac).
He is from the west coast and moved a couple of years ago to take on a new position here locally. It has been an awesome move for him and his family. Through our time together, I wondered how different it was for him now, being here on the east coast. I wanted to know what it meant to a Christian there as opposed to here, and his answer left me thinking. My friend said, “To follow Christ on the West Coast, it meant something. You didn’t just tell people that you were a Christian and that you went to church. You meant it, you had to mean it.” Out west, following Jesus is met with greater consequences, rejection, and persecution. You are an outlier. Unlike the south where my friend observed, “People here are third, fourth, and fifth generation Christians.” Faith is commonplace and often times people believe that they are “in” with Jesus because their parents went to church, and their parent’s parents went to church, and on down the line.
Is this really how we have come to know Jesus? Is this how we have come to love Him?
Does your faith mean something to you, or is it just how it has always been?
I spoke about this with a bunch of baseball players the other day and a parent overheard my talk. Later in the week at his place of business he told me, “I quit church because I got tired of hanging around those people, the people that you were talking about.” It took me a second to understand what he was saying, but once it clicked, my heart and my spirit were screaming, “But that’s not how it is supposed to be!” I wanted to beg him to give it another shot, not to give up, and put His trust in the Lord, and not people.
The world is looking for people where the presence of Jesus is undeniable. They want it to mean something to you because then it might mean something to them!
There is hope and you can be one to show people that your faith does mean something.
You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. – Jesus, Matthew 5:14-16