Since you are like lukewarm coffee, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. –God
Imagine a waitress who hears the gospel from a customer while serving breakfast. The waitress gets saved, immediately sets down her tray, and walks out the door leaving her job to “follow” Jesus. That would be just outrageous, right?
You’re probably thinking, “God would never call someone to walk off their job. That would be so irresponsible!”
Simon, Andrew, James and John all walked off the job to follow Jesus. Check it out here: Mark 1 NLT While the times were different, at least some of these men had families to support and they certainly had themselves to feed. Walking off the job was considered irresponsible in that society too. We also can’t say this radical response was something only the disciples were called to, because throughout the New Testament and church history we find examples of Christians giving away everything, living communally, becoming lifelong missionaries and dying as martyrs.
How different than contemporary Christianity where we get saved and then fit God into our lives while keeping our jobs, investments, homes, hobbies, friends and schedules pretty much unchanged. New Christians are expected to make moral adjustments rather quickly, but the larger life changes can be made over time, if ever.
The more I study the New Testament, the more convinced I am that Christianity has been so watered down to make it palatable that it’s virtually useless. I agree with Francis Chan when he says, “The thought of a person calling himself a ‘Christian’ without being a devoted follower of Christ is absurd.” He goes on to say that the idea of a nominal Christian isn’t even in the New Testament.
Yet, somehow over the last 2000 years we’ve condensed the radical, all-out call of Christ to a simple sinners prayer that’s guaranteed to get you to heaven. We peddle Christianity like a country club or sorority membership highlighting the benefits and privileges while carefully presenting the price so it seems too affordable to pass by. All that fanatical, radical stuff? God wouldn’t call us to do those things…not really. It would be irresponsible. We’d be setting a bad example. After all, God wants us to live balanced lives!
But what if we’re wrong? What if Jesus was serious?