CHURCHIANITY V. CHRISTIANITY // NOVEMBER 29, 2022
Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. He appointed twelve that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach and to have authority to drive out demons.
Though we don't know when or how Judas came to join Jesus' disciples, it was clear from early on that his name was included as one of the 12. So at some point, Judas made a commitment to go from being part of the crowd to becoming a disciple. But was that enough?
Judas is proof that we can be around Jesus and not be impacted by him. Jesus taught his disciples, just as pastors do, but it's not enough to just be in church or hear words -- even directly from the Messiah. The Bible tells us not to give up meeting together; the assembly of the brethren is important to our lives. We know church is a place to belong and to do life together, but it's certainly not enough to hang around other believers or to be included with the group. It never really changed Judas, and it may not really change anyone sitting in church on Sundays. We can be part of singing songs for worship, hanging with the best believers, and getting involved, yet it may not be enough. We can be all about churchianity and never truly experience the life-changing, passionate love of Jesus. Knowing him is the heart of prayer, surrender, service and witness.
Are you different because of your faith? It's an important question to ask yourself. Like Judas, the 12 disciples walked with Jesus for 3 years, witnessed mighty miracles and benefited from his wisdom and teachings. Yet, in his darkest hour, they succumbed to fear, confusion and disbelief. So what shifted for them that they went from hiding together in a room to becoming the team to passionately spread Jesus' message throughout the world? In what ways has your faith made you different? Take time today to think about whether you're sold out for churchianity or christianity as a follower of Jesus. What does your life today say about what you believe about Jesus?