Think you’re a ‘decent’ Christian?

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By Jess Thompson

If we as Christians go to church every Sunday, try not to do bad things and perhaps even tithe, aren’t we pretty much on the path of salvation?
Those are pretty much the things we are called to do, right? That’s plenty good for God’s standards, right?  Well, those things may be important, however, are you actively and personally attempting to spread the word of God to others and the world? If not, maybe you should consider actually following the last words of Christ.  Matthew 28:19-20: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
In David Platt’s book, “Radical,” he describes modern day Christians as follows: “We live decent lives in decent homes with decent jobs and decent families and decent citizens. We are decent church members with little more impact on the world than we had before we were saved.
“Though thousands may join us, ultimately we have turned a deaf ear to billions who haven’t even heard his name.”
Ouch! That is harsh but is it not very accurate? David Platt also described believers as, “People who are fit, and free, to do precisely what Jesus told us to do!”
Most people go to church and do the things that I alluded to, not for the glory of God, but to avoid Hell, re: fire insurance.
Our concern should not be how to escape Hell but to avoid the wrath of a righteous and just God.
If we saw and individual drowning, who among us would not throw him a life rope, yet we come in contact with people who are perishing each and every day with great indifference.
I ask you personally what you have done or are doing to follow Jesus’ last words?
Platt defines a church as, “a community of Christians each multiplying the gospel by going, baptizing, and teaching.”
Are you going anywhere for Christ? Are you baptizing anyone for Christ? Are you teaching anyone about Christ?
Are you willing to follow Christ’s command and go and make disciples of all nations?

Jess Thompson is a resident of Lawrenceburg. Reach him at jessinlawrenceburg@gmail.com.