Dear Church Family,
Many of you know that I worked in college ministry for many years in Winston-Salem, N.C. on the campus of Wake Forest University. One semester I was invited to audit a class on the Trinity that was being taught by a philosophy professor. It was a very interesting class. One of the things I enjoyed about the class is that I was auditing it. Auditing a class is when a person goes to class to get information, but is not required to do any of the work. They don’t have to take a test or do any homework. They are only attending for informational purposes. This is great option if you want to continue learning about a certain subject without having to pursue a degree or have the responsibility of the homework and tests.
Auditing a class happens all the time on the college campus but what about in the church? Some people want salvation but don’t want to put in the time to be strong disciples of Jesus Christ. Are you someone that attends services or Bible studies and then walks away without applying what you’ve heard? Do you attend worship services only when it’s convenient for you? Do you spend time with the Lord in prayer and in His Word outside of Sunday? Do you desire to share your faith with those around you? Do you give generously? When was the last time that you have been convicted of your sin and confessed your sin to God? Do you desire to be led by the Holy Spirit every day, moment by moment? Do you look out for only your interests or for the interests of others? What some Christians want to do is to audit the Christian life. They want the data without the responsibility. That’s an audit. That’s what some folks do every Sunday. They audit Jesus.
If you find yourself auditing the Christian faith I want to encourage to make the move to become a disciple of Jesus. Maybe your first move is to place your faith in Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. If you are already a Christian then your next move may be to join a Sunday School class. Maybe your next move is spending daily time in prayer and reading the Bible. Maybe your next move is to share the gospel with your neighbor or coworker or family member. Maybe your next move is to help meet a need of someone or to bless someone in some tangible way. Whatever your next move is let’s commit to take it together by faith as we follow Jesus. Let’s be a church full of disciples and not auditors.
Pastor Ron Jones