There should be no difference

Posted by Mark Labuschagne on Monday, April 27, 2015
Sunday morning, getting everyone ready for the morning service at the local church. There seems to be a whole lot of screaming and shouting as mom tries to get the whole family sorted out and ready to go and to get to church on time. This scenario plays out in many Christian homes every Sunday and one I can surely remember not only as a young boy in my father's house.

I can remember Sunday mornings were like being prepared for a special occasion every week. As kids, you really did not want to go through the routine, but it had to be done and so we were off to "Church". After the service, we also had our rituals and it was like, "well, thank goodness that is over, now we can get back to normal", except in our home as children, nothing was ever considered normal.

It was like, we were now able to let our hair down and just be kids. Even as we got older, the whole Sunday thing remained the same ol, same ol. We were well grounded in our religious lifestyle and as children, we had become accustomed to its effects in our home. 

The thing I remember is, how different people seemed to act before, during and even after doing church. There seemed to be two sets of rules. One for home and another for church. We had to act in a certain way at home and although mom and dad were very strict, going to the house of the Lord was where you had to make sure that you put on your best behavior, after all, this was the place of worship and where we could not be disrespectful.

The question I began to ask was, should we have lived these two distinguishable lives, was this not hypocrisy at its best? As I grew older, I began to wonder what God thought about all this and today, we still see the church seemingly living two totally different lives. We seem to live one life, applying certain rules around other believers and then there was the one we live behind closed doors, our so called public and private lives. Should these two not be exactly the same? Why would any born again believer need to have two sets of applied rules to live by, if we have been reconciled with God through Jesus Christ, surely our lives should reflect this wherever we find ourselves?

It is my opinion that we should not be able to differentiate between the two distinctive lifestyles mentioned here, for if our lives are hidden in Christ, then every true believer should be identified by the Christ in us. We can never walk in the true grace of God if our lives are not hidden in Christ. We have to surrender in sweet humility before our heavenly Father and allow ourselves the right to be identified only by the tree in which we now have been grafted.

The believers who are greatest before God are those who consider themselves the least, and the more humble they are within themselves, so much more glorious they are. Since they do not desire vainglory, they are full of truth and heavenly glory. Being established and strengthened in God, they can by no means be proud. They attribute to God whatever good they have received; they seek no glory from one another but only that which comes from God alone. They desire above all things that He be praised in themselves and in all His people - this is their constant purpose, the glory of God.  

Our love for our Father

Mark Labuschagne We are a vessel set apart, cleansed, emptied, consecrated; just standing, waiting every moment for God, in Christ, by the Holy Spirit, to work out in us as much of the holiness and the life of His Son as pleases Him We worship Him only!

Ministry Bio

Mark Labuschagne At the age of 12, God called Mark to ministry and for the last 44-years his desire to stay true to this calling remains his passion. It was in the desert place, the road less traveled that God gave Mark a prophetic voice and sent him to the nations. In his 30 years of ministry, Mark has traveled to 60 countries and has seen the hand of God move in amazing ways in the hearts and lives of those he was sent to. He has a special love for the USA, a nation that he has visited and traveled extensively for over some 20 years. He currently lives between South Africa and Botswana and is an accomplished pianist, a sort after speaker, a respected preacher and seasoned prophet who desires to see the Kingdom of God established in the hearts of people across the earth. Married to Andi, they have two children, Carey 30, now married to Matthew and Ryan 28, engaged to Chantal, with Arabella their first grand baby and a cat named Tiga...