Jesus Is Coming, Look Busy...
What comes to your mind when you read the title of this post? I recently saw a sign with that sentence posted outside of a church. True story. I was baffled to see that and then I thought about movies like The Under Shepard and shows like Greenleaf—both which illustrate behaviors that seem to be common in some Christian churches today. Sadly enough there are far too many people in the Christian church who are more than okay with keeping up appearances, but what kind of message does that send to the rest of world? Not only is that a sign misrepresentation of the ministry of Jesus Christ, but it also creates a growing disillusionment to those who struggle with their faith-and desire a stronger foundation while everyone else seems to be too busy “playing” church.
That church board not only saddens my heart but it also angers me because followers of Christ are called to the great commission (Matthew 28:19) we are called to serve, to love, to heal, to teach truth, and lead lost souls to Christ-yet so many Christians are comfortable with cheering Jesus on from the stands in a world that desperately needs action, salvation, and true discipleship.
Jesus didn't die for Christians to look busy; he died for Christians to get busy. His life is our blueprint. “Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Matthew 9: 35-37)
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” (James 1:27) I can write about countless scriptures that will affirm what the body of Christ should be doing, so why then are some members in the church settling for “looking busy?”
I imagine that Jesus’ heart and soul are grieved knowing that there are so many missed opportunities for Christians to live life as He did because we have become so fixated on pleasing man instead of living for the One who loved us, called us, and saved us. We’ve been redeemed and set free.
We no longer have to live harassed and helpless because we know the remedy—why would we not want to share that with the rest of the world? We owe Jesus so much more than an appearance because he gave us so much more than that. This post isn’t an attack on the body of Christ, rather a call to do better. I would love to see a sign outside of a church that reads, “Jesus is watching, make Him proud.” It’s time to show the world we are serious about what and whom we believe. I think we can do it and I hope we do.