And they were called “Dabblers, Tippers, and Friendlies” first in America.

Posted: July 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

It is interesting to me that almost halfway his recording of the experiences of the early church in Acts Luke notes, “And they were called Christians first at Antioch.” Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” And yet in the land of the free spirits and the home of the braves, its all about me, and crosses are too heavy.

Books like Radical and Crazy Love empty off the shelves of book stores, but it is almost like they are only to allow us to have a mental encounter with Jesus without having to be radical or to give expression to Crazy Love. So this morning I cannot help but wonder, how many church goers are dabblers with Jesus, instead of disciples? How many “tip” God with their time and their treasures when it is convenient?

Where are the men who leave their fishing boats and their fathers to follow Jesus wherever He may go? Where are the men and women who will see themselves as missionaries in a local church, instead of skipping from church to church to find a place they are comfortable and where there are plenty of other people that look like them?

I don’t mean to sound dismal, but I think it is time we stop just being friendly with Jesus, and become fanatical about following Him.


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