In my last post I tried to describe the difference between Jesus’ yoke as noted in Matthew 11:30, and the yoke of expected performance the Church places on us. In response, a reader posed the following question: “What do I do now?”
To answer that excellent question, let me refer to the concluding lines of my last post:
In context, then, I believe verses 1-27 of chapter 11 provide justification for why we follow Jesus: He is the Son of God. Furthermore, I believe chapter 12 tells us about following Jesus: He lives only to fulfill the expectations of His heavenly Father, not priests, pastors, legalism, culture, or His biological family.
I believe Jesus wants people to serve the Father, not culture (no, not even ‘Christian culture’).
I believe Jesus wants people to worship the Creator, not the creation.
I believe Jesus desperately desires for people to see with absolute clarity the difference between Truth and Idolatry.
So what does this mean? What should you do? Here are ten ideas:
- Make up your mind to serve God, not the Church
- Be prepared to serve God more often Monday through Saturday than on Sunday morning
- Consider whether you use the Church to make yourself feel better
- Consider whether the Church is the most important thing in your life
- Remember that the Church was made for man, not man for the Church
- Ask yourself if you are often forced to choose between doing what’s best for people and doing what’s best for the Church
- Remember that Jesus is in heaven and all the Apostles are dead; your pastor’s name is not in the Bible
- Make a list of the rules and cultural expectations of your Church that have more to do with where you were born than what’s in the Bible
- Quit serving at your Church if you’re doing it because you think you ‘have to’ or because a member of the Church staff pressured you
- Take responsibility for your relationship with Jesus Christ; quit forcing your pastor to spoon-feed you every Sunday morning