Don’t Leave Your Christianity at Church


This article was first published on The Rebelution blog, where you can read it in its entirety.

It’s usually easy to live as a set-apart Christian teen on Sunday morning. We’re quick to conquer the church checklist:

Wake up.

Read Scripture.

Go to church.

Read more Scripture.

Listen to a sermon.

Talk to Christian friends (usually about Scripture).

Check. Check. Check.

But between the church doors and the safety of home, something happens. We’re assaulted by our culture. Singing Christ’s praises in a sanctuary of believers is one thing. Broadcasting his name down the dark tunnels of the world is another.

Yet we’re called to do both. Christianity isn’t an act limited to the stage of church. It’s a lifestyle that permeates everything we do and everyone we touch.

That is, if Christ is truly our hope.

Christ Should Ignite Us

Missionary Jim Elliot was twenty when he wrote this prayer in his journal:

God, I pray Thee, light these idle sticks of my life and may I burn up for Thee. Consume my life, my God, for it is Thine. I seek not a long life but a full one, like you Lord Jesus.*

God answered Jim’s prayer. He was slain by natives in Ecuador eight years later, striving to spread the Gospel among them.

Jim’s brief life proves that Christianity stretches far beyond church on Sunday. Limiting our faith to church is living lukewarmly. But a believer whose wick of life has truly been ignited by Jesus will burn for his glory every day.

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One thought on “Don’t Leave Your Christianity at Church

  1. This is so true! Having a relationship with God is more than opening your Bible at church. Spending time with God needs to happen outside of church because that is how we grow, spiritually.

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