Everywhere I look today I see people consumed with the latest and the greatest. People concerned with themselves and their own interest, happiness and personal gain. Sadly this list includes many professing Christians. As the old adage goes, we “get all we can, can all we get, and sit on the can.” We are so far removed from the example set forth in Acts chapter two where everyone was willing to help everyone else. Jesus said in Luke 12:15, “Watch out! Be on guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” Paul tells us in Philippians 2:3 to “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves”. Yet many of us are promoting ourselves, building our platform and seeking to enlarge our own kingdom instead of God’s.
Christianity has conformed to our culture so much so that there is no clear difference between the world and the church. Church’s are run like fast food establishments. We go in, get what we want and get out. I often don’t know if I should run to the altar or order a number 3 with an apple pie. The message being preached is self-centered and it is not clear whom we are even preaching about. Many leaders are seeking to enlarge their churches and harp on money, yet most of that money does not go to sharing the gospel but to pay the bills and large salaries of the church.
Our pursuit after material things and selfish ambitions has distorted our view of truth. We treat the gospel the same way we treat the new “thing” in our life. We receive this glorious hope found in Jesus Christ and sure we are happy for a while but it gets old and we move on to something new. We go to church seeking only things that will benefit us, and when we receive no benefit we throw it to the wayside. Can I tell you that the gospel is way more than “feeling good,” large numbers, fancy sermons, great videos or the latest technology. These things are good and can be helpful but if they are not being done to the glory of the Lord, if they are not being done to bring the lost to Jesus, then they are of no use to God.
The gospel is life changing and more powerful than anything else in this world. We have the power to change the world just by sharing Christ with those within our circle of influence. The gospel was never meant to be canned or bottled up inside us but to be spread through our actions, lifestyle and voice. The gospel is for whoever shall believe (John 3:16). You were once a whoever but now you are a child of God. Yet there are millions of whoevers still waiting to hear of the glorious hope you have kept bottled up inside you. Remember that Jesus did not die only so you could know Him. He died so that all may come to know Him. We have a mandate and a responsibility to tell everyone we come in contact with about Jesus (Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 3:15).
I want to encourage you this Christmas season as we celebrate the birth of Christ to take some time and think about what is important to you. Is it sharing the gospel with everyone you know or getting the latest technology? Let us not be consumed by worldly things. Let us be consumed with the fact that many people will die and go to hell if you do not tell them about Jesus.
This Christmas let us be consumed with the desire to tell others about Him. Let us be consumed with sharing our gifts, talents and resources with those less fortunate than us. Let us be consumed with being the light of Christ to the world. Let us be consumed with others and not ourselves. Remember life is about what you give rather than what you get and we have within us the greatest gift: life and life more abundantly that can only be found in Jesus Christ.