What Kind of A Christian Are You?
This week Pastor Osien challenged the church to look into themselves to see what kind of Christians they are. What Kind of A Christian Are You? This question was also translated into several facets of life some of which includes; What kind of worker are you? What kind of employee are you? Are you one of those who go to work late and leave early without adding to the company, but always taking away. What kind of father are you? What kind of mother are you?
Kind in this case gives us a perspective to life, a perspective to study, a perspective to our children or our home.s As a Christian, it seeks to locate your perspective and thinking about church. Further more, Pastor Osien itemized three areas that help determine our attitude towards church therefore showing what kind of Christians we are, they are our:
- Attitude towards Giving, which includes your tithes and offerings
- Attitude to prayer
- Attitude towards service, are you involved in serving in your local church?
A closer look at these three will determine your attitude towards the church.
Giving is an important characteristic of a believer because it is through giving that we support and sustain the work of the church. This giving includes tithes and offerings. Many don’t give their tithes because they say Jesus did not endorse them and they are now under a new covenant of grace. In response to this, Pastor Osien made reference to Matthew 23:23 where Jesus rebuked the hypocrisy of the Pharisees. “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done without leaving the others undone.. In other words they were expected to tithe as well as do the other things. Jesus called money matters lighter matters of the law. Tithes must be viewed in the light of their purpose if we are to have a right mindset about them. They are for the upkeep of the church and those who work in the church. Quite a number of Christians are happy to pay for the upkeep of football clubs yet they struggle to pay for the upkeep of the church. This shows an attitude that does not love God. We give because we love. If we love God with all our heart, it will be our responsibility to make sure the church is well sustained.
Some quote the book of Galatians to say we are no longer under bondage. They forget that the bondage Paul was talking about was the issue of circumcision of which the Jews were forcing the Gentiles to undergo before they could accept them as brothers, that was the reason for the book of Galatians. Giving has never been viewed as a form of bondage in the Christian faith. On the contrary, giving is the foundation of the Christian faith. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son…”. Jesus also said it is more blessed to give than to receive. Those who claim that tithe was for the Old Testament do not understand that the New Testament church is supported by the same purpose of the tithe in the Old Testament. Many people are happy to claim the blessing of Abraham and Jacob, which are Old Testament characters yet try to shoot down the tithing aspect of it. Abraham honoured God in his tithe. Jacob did likewise. We can also honour God because he gives us the power to obtain Wealth(Deutronomy 8:18). The tithe to the church helps with financial stability as it is guaranteed while offerings top up in order to keep finances healthy.
Apostle Paul taught the church not only to excel in speech, knowledge and faith but to also excel in giving (2 Corinthians 8:1-7). The mind that gives is that which wants to excel. Sport fanatics support their clubs because they love them. They will do all they can from subscriptions to buying T-shirts and travelling long distances to show their support and belief in the team. Without this financial support by the fanatics, the clubs would not have a financial stand. It is sad though to see that the kind of believers we have today are more passionate about their favorite sports clubs than they are with God. They would rather give more to the football club than to the church. Remember, the kind of believer you are will determine how far the church goes in this generation.
Next week we look at the attitude of prayer and service.