We all love Jesus right? I’m sure you do, because you are probably reading this to check if you are missing something in your spiritual life! Don’t worry, only the people refusing to read this are the real sinners! Just kidding, relax relax haha. This blog isn’t to tell anyone who’s going to Heaven or Hell, because I can’t judge your heart. But these are points that are true and we all should examine our own hearts and motives daily.
So here are 7 differences between a Church-goer and a Christian:
1. Church-goers believe in Jesus. Christians believe and actually obey His commands out of their love for Him.
“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? (Luke 6:46)
2. Church-goers attend church services when it’s convenient for them (possibly only on Easter and Christmas). A Christian is fully aware that godly community is not only enriching to their spiritual walk, but it is also biblical to have a “church” family to call their home.
Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
3. Church-goers read their bibles when they want encouragement. Christians read their bibles so they can grow in their knowledge of Christ and so they can be conformed to His image.
I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word. (Psalms 119:16)
4. Church-goers will try to twist the scriptures to fit their lifestyle. Christians are changed from the inside out because of the scriptures.
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:2)
5. Church-goers wait until times are hard to pray. Christians understand that prayer is something we should do consistently because it is simply communication with God.
Pray without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
6. Church-goers think repentance is something that will destroy them or is somewhat legalistic. Christians understand that sin is a barrier between us and God (Isaiah 59:2), but Jesus is willing to forgive all who repent.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
7. Church-goers leave their faith inside of the “church” on Sundays. Christians understand that our love for God really shows in our lifestyle and ministry doesn’t necessarily start until the service is over.
And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. (Luke 9:23)
There are many differences between the typical fans of Jesus and His genuine followers. Judas was “close” to Jesus, but his heart clearly wasn’t as dedicated as it should’ve been. Many are in church, but many of us haven’t taken the step to actually becoming a disciple of His. If you haven’t taken that next step in your walk with Christ, will you do so today?
Grace and peace,