“What’s the point? Why do we meet? Why do we draw ourselves up in community? Why make all the sacrifices of commitment? Why bother arising from our most precious time and drive to a place and worship? These are all great questions we should ask ourselves instead of blindly, like a heard of lemurs, hurl ourselves over the church cliff.
The answer to every one of these questions lies in the heart of what we believe about Jesus! It really does come to this, do we believe Jesus is weighty enough to follow? By weighty we speak of authority, glory, position, worth! Are these attributes regarding Jesus enough to cause the inconvenience of covenant community (church body life?) If we are to look at this strictly from human terms we certainly have several examples of this kind of devotion. If the corporate president should fly in and ask us to appear at work one hour earlier than the norm every week just to meet and have a cup of coffee with some of his favorite employees for company fellowship, well we would find ourselves honored and pleased to be part of such a favored group. Should a celebrity, or VIP request our time to help volunteer for most any charitable task our calendars would clear for such an opportunity to be seen with this person doing good. The reason for such eagerness to connect is directly related to the weight these persons have in our minds, even if by practicality we are strangers to them. So by comparison our beliefs regarding an audience with Jesus and the participation in His work is directly related regarding the weight He displaces in our hearts. When Jesus says come and follow me it is not a mere invitation for a cup of coffee, but rather a command to leave our ordinary based on the weight of the one commanding.
When we hear Clergy, bible teachers and such ask the question, "Jesus has given His all; is one or two hours a week too much to give Him?" We ask a question never found in the heart of Jesus. Jesus never settles for an hour or two, but nothing short of a whole life. The examples of “leave your nets and follow me,” “sell all that you have and follow me,” all invitations that communicate, based on the authority of the one who commands, come to where you are commanded! What must it say in regards to our respect of Jesus' authority versus our readiness for celebrity associations when we are eager for one and ambivalent towards the other?
When the Apostle Andrew, after the resurrection of Jesus, was evangelizing in modern day Greece he found himself at odds with Governor. Andrew was enlightening the pagan culture with the gospel and Greek temples were beginning to become church communities. When Andrew was threatened by the authorities to cease the gospel proclamations or face crucifixion upon a cross, Andrew’s response was “I would not have preached the honor and glory of the cross, if I had feared death upon the cross.” How is Andrew with such confidence in building Christ's church in Greek communities? The answer is found in his response when walking to his death on the very cross he was threatened with, “ O cross, most welcomed and longed looked for! I come with a willing mind, joyfully and desirously , I come to you, being the scholar (disciple) of Him which did hang on you: because I have always been your lover, and have coveted to embrace you.” When it came time for Andrew to commit to the inconvenience of the cross he knew the answer to “What’s the Point?” For Andrew the point was anything Jesus wants I will embrace joyfully for His glory. The answer to what’s the point is Jesus! Jesus is not just a weighty character, Jesus is who brings weight to everything! The reason the church is of such great importance is because it is of such great importance to Jesus. He calls it His Bride, His Body, His beloved. We’ve heard her called hypocrite, angry, judgmental, etc. So it’s a great question for all to answer in regards to the church, but the answer will determine what one thinks about Jesus.
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.