Posted by: Derek Guyer | November 12, 2009

We Don’t Look Like People of God


I’ve spent enough time over the last several years watching broken people to see some scary situations. I’ve walked into drunken brawls, listened to kids cry as their parents fought, and even had my life threatened while trying to serve couples from all over the country. It’s been hard to watch such horrific situations, but I’m thankful to have seen the families of each and every one of those instances rising above their tragedies. 

One of the craziest parts of the whole thing is that every one of the situations I listed above involved husbands and wives who would’ve called themselves “Christians”. Unfortunately, the fruit of their lives is far different than that of Jesus Christ. I believe this is because the church has been teaching a different gospel than the one Jesus was teaching. He was teaching men to repent. He was creating disciples. He was suggesting that He was the way, but that the path was narrow.

Truth be told, I don’t know very many “Christians” who live with the fruit of living in the Way. I see people who wear a name, but who don’t understand the sacrifice it took from our LORD to even wear it. I see people who go to church, but I don’t see disciples. What a shame.

The reason we have so many broken marriages in the church today is largely because we’ve stopped teaching or living in the Way. We aren’t following Him or His way. Instead, we’ve tried to figure out how to do it all our own way. This is why 45-50% of first marriages end in divorce. In fact, according to George Barna, of the Barna Research Group, “Divorce rates among conservative Christians were significantly higher than for other faith groups, and much more than atheists and agnostics experience.” This is sickening. 

We, as God’s people, have made a mockery of this thing he created “good”. We’ve taken it and destroyed it in people’s eyes. We’ve told God what he made is burdensome. We’ve cheated. We’ve lied. We’ve lusted and slandered. We’ve separated what God brought together. We’ve sinned.

Men and women, if you wear the name of Christ, and are living in the sin from which you believe you were saved, repent. Now is the time for you to change. Today is the day of your salvation. Do not continue living like the rest of the world. As Jesus said in Matthew 7, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”

Repent. Rise up. Jesus is offering an abundant life here and eternal life later. Take the promises and give up your lives to God. Don’t continue walking around life doing things as they seem right to you. Walk by faith. Now is the time for revival within the body of Christ. Now is the time for real change in the hearts and homes of men and women of God. 

Are you a “Christian” by the world’s terms or are you a disciple of Christ? Think about it, and then do something about it. Your new life in Christ is waiting for you.

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Responses

  1. Amen to this Derek!

    We are called to be “Ambassadors” for Christ, but instead so many of us are more like “Secret Agents”.


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