Breaking Out of the Boring Christian Life

I was in my small group and a lady said, "I've been in church all my life. I read the Bible. I pray. I stay out of trouble. And honestly, it's pretty boring."

You've probably had that thought from time to time. Maybe not all the time. But some of the time.

And she's right.

If that's all there is to living the Christian life, then it is pretty boring.

Read the Bible. Say your prayers. Stay out of trouble.

It's a recipe for a boring Christian life.

First, I want you to know that those three things are important.

Reading the Bible is important.
Our faith teaches us that God encourages, corrects, and instructs us through the stories and statements in Scripture. But getting you to read the Bible isn't what Christianity is about.

Saying your prayers is important.
We believe that praying for something or someone gets God engaged and participating in a way that he wouldn't be if we didn't pray. But getting you to say your prayers isn't what Christianity is about.

Staying out of trouble is important.
It's hard to believe someone who says they really want to honor God when they're busy doing the things God says don't do. But getting you to stay out of trouble isn't what Christianity is about.

Those three things are important. They're good. But they're missing something.

On their own, they are the recipe for a boring Christian life.

They're missing the fact that followers of Jesus want their friends to follow Jesus.

The solution to the boring Christian life is to notice that everyday you're around people who don't know about Jesus. Or, if they know about him, then they don't believe in him or trust him or follow him.

And you have an incredible opportunity to change that through your words and actions around those people. That makes everyday an adventure that's worth waking up for!

Look at what we're told about Matthew in the Bible.

Jesus is walking along and sees Matthew, a tax collector. Jesus says, "Follow me." Matthew does. Then we're told, "Later, Matthew invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners" (Matthew 9:10).

What does this new follower of Jesus do?
He invites his friends over for a dinner party because he wants them to get together with Jesus too.

Followers of Jesus want their friends to follow Jesus.

"But when the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, 'Why does your teacher eat with such scum?'" (Matthew 9:11).

The Pharisees are living the boring Christian life. For them, it's all about reading the Bible, saying your prayers, and staying out of trouble.

That's boring.

And when you're bored with faith, you stop reaching out to other people. Instead pulling people in, you start pushing people out.

That's why the Pharisees were complaining about Jesus.

What does Jesus do?

"When Jesus heard this, he said, 'I haven't come to call those who think they are good, but those who know they sinners'" (Matthew 9:13b).

Jesus gets right to the point. You're living a boring Christian life. I'm here to pull in the people you're pushing out. Matthew has it right: Followers of Jesus want their friends to follow Jesus.

And that's the key to breaking out of the boring Christian life.

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