Who you are on the other days

It is not uncommon for non-Christians in America to have the opinion that beliefs in the church should stay in the church.  And there are some Christians who buy into that way of thinking: that a Believer should categorize his or her life separating their church life from their worldly life.  Divisions in that way are contradictory to what it means to be a follower of Jesus.  To be a follower of Jesus means that He is the Lord of your life in the church, at work, on vacation, in your home, at the ball field, at the grocery store, at school, and everywhere.  You can not swindle people at your business six days a week, and then profess Christ on Sundays.  As a matter of fact, Jesus says,

Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father in heaven. Do not assume that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword…
Matthew 10:32-34

If you know what the Bible teaches and then go out in the world and deny those teachings just to get along, how do you think that is received by God?  Just as I am a pastor at the mission in Cumberland, on a Samaritan’s Purse mission trip, shopping at Sav-A-Lot, and at the church, you are a Christian before you are anything else.  Everything else you are falls under the umbrella of “follower of Christ”.  God does not accept part of your life.  You’re either all in or not in.  While the world does not mind if your faith stays in the church, Jesus does.

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