I have a question for you; are you a churchgoer or a disciple?
I think most of you know what I mean by this, but for those who don’t, here it is.
According to dictionary.com a churchgoer is “a person who goes to church, especially habitually”.
According to dictionary.com a disciple is:
a. one of the
12 personal followers of Christ.
b. one of the 70 followers sent forth by Christ. Luke 10:1.
c. any other professed follower of Christ in His lifetime.
2. any follower of Christ.
So, what’s the difference? A churchgoer goes to church, a disciple follows Christ. Disciples don’t go to church to see friends, listen to the music and stay for coffee after church is over (not that there is anything wrong with that, if) you follow Christ and try to emulate him and live their lives by his teachings.
If we simply go to church and fill a seat, but don’t open out hearts and our minds to what Christ is telling us through our pastors/priest then we are not disciples.
In Ezekiel 33:30-33 God tells Ezekiel that the people are coming to temple, they just aren’t listening, in fact they are laughing at him.
30 “As for you, son of man, your people are talking together about you by the walls and at the doors of the houses, saying to each other, ‘Come and hear the message that has come from the LORD.’ 31My people come to you, as they usually do, and sit before you to hear your words, but they do not put them into practice. Their mouths speak of love, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain. 32 Indeed, to them you are nothing more than one who sings love songs with a beautiful voice and plays an instrument well, for they hear your words but do not put them into practice. 33 “When all this comes true—and it surely will—then they will know that a prophet has been among them.”
Instead of being a churchgoer, do what Jesus told his disciples in Matthew 28:19: “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” Don’t be ashamed of your faith, share it with anyone who will listen. I know, it’s easier said than done, but we all have our own ministry, it’s just a matter of figuring out what your ministry is and then pursuing it. It may be preaching, counseling, visiting the shut-ins or befriending a stranger and telling them about God.
You can do it – Spread the Word!