The word, acts, is defined as:
To play the part of; assume the dramatic role of.
To perform on the stage
To behave like or pose as; impersonate
To behave as suitable for.
These definitions could assume a lot about the typical church goer. Definition #1 often describes those who “play” church. Unfortunately, many people make a point to go to church, but fail to truly connect. They play the part of a dedicated Christian on worship day, they might even assume the dramatic role of a dedicated church member by fulfilling a needed task here or there. However, “playing” church does not a church member make! As for drama, there’s quite a bit of that evident in today’s churches as well.
Definition #2 could be compared to worship ministries in many churches. Sadly, there are many men and women today who stand before the congregation, performing to the audience, rather than for God. Speaking personally, I can relate with this one because there was a time in my life that God spoke abruptly and directly about leading worship. Prior to that direction, the Sunday “specials” were only special to me, because I looked for the pat on the back or the praise from the congregation in order to boost my self confidence and reputation. I realized that I wasn’t looking to lead others into worship toward God, but to show off the talents that God has so graciously given me. What an eye opener it was for me! In response to His direction, I forcefully pulled myself away from the music ministry all together until I could get the “big picture”. Worship is for God, to be directed to God, and should be displayed in such a way as to only lead others to God. Performances should be left outside the church.
To impersonate, as definition #3 says, would say that the action is not real. Need I say more? God knows those who impersonate real Christianity. He knows the very hearts of every man, woman, and child. Appearing at church on Sunday, then living life without God during the week is nothing but impersonation. I pray for all the impersonators who try to trick themselves into believing that they can do good for a day, and then share in eternal happiness. They just don’t get it.
Finally, definition #4 leads us to exhibit true Christianity in the church. When we behave as suitable for a Christian, we are following the example of Christ. The word, Christian, which even has His own name in it, means “Christ-like”. We cannot BE a Christian without Christ. A personal relationship with Him is the only way that we can be a true member of the church. The only membership directory is that of the Lamb’s book of life. The meeting place is the world in which He placed us. The services are held 24/7, right in front of our faces where we encounter lost people day in and day out. The mission is to tell them about Him. When we are practicing these aspects of church membership, we are truly a church member.
Acts is a verb, requiring act-ion on the very ideas we proclaimed to believe when we said that we accepted Christ as Lord of our life. It’s a verb. What actions do you have planned for today?