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Christianity Is More Than A Hobby

By Don Loftis | 10.09.13

Webster defines a hobby as “something a person likes to do or study in his spare time.”  For some folks that would be coin or stamp collecting.  For others it might be playing golf or bowling.  Hobbies flow from our unique interests in things like sports, reading, travel, writing, or art.  A hobby differs from a job in that it fills our spare time and is secondary to some greater pursuit.

By definition, Christianity ought not be a hobby.  Christian faith is to be the core of our lives around which all other things revolve.  It is the foundation upon which everything in our lives is built.  Faith in Christ drives our lives so that it changes all our relationships, sets our daily priorities, and even alters our personality traits.

Paul wrote the Galatians, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”  To the Colossians he added “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.”

Too many of us who profess to follow Christ do so as a hobby.  We like it and are willing to worship when nothing else is going on.  We will give after all of our other budgetary responsibilities have been met.  We are even glad to fit in some ministry in our spare time.  The problem is we are not called to “dabble in Christianity” or to “explore it at our leisure.”  We are called to seek the kingdom of heaven first.  Friends, get a hobby, but not Christianity!

 


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