Are You Playing Church?


Are you playing church? This is a theme I have heard preached my whole life. When I would hear this message, I would think to myself: Am I serious about what I am doing? As long as the answer came back that I was dead serious about it, then I was okay.

As a child, I played many board games – Monopoly, Sorry, checkers, chess, the game of Life. I remember that these games were played with the utmost of seriousness, at least in our family that was true. Landing on Boardwalk and Park Place with hotels on it became real serious. Having a stack of Monopoly money was the end all beat all in seriousness. Knocking someone out and saying “Sorry” was all the excitement. What was greater than winning the Game of Life by beating everyone else to Millionaire Acres? Winning was everything.

But as I grew up, I learned that Monopoly money won’t work in the store. Life is not about winning at the expense of everyone else losing. Being serious about church and ministry is no guarantee that you are not playing church.

Stop what you are doing and look around.

Are you in competition with others in a race to be the most spiritual?

Do you see yourself ahead of others in the Christian walk? Do you become upset when someone else gets their way in church and you don’t? Do you see yourself as being rich in goods and in need of nothing? Do you and your church have great facilities and programs with something for everyone?

Be careful. You might just be playing church, believing you are winning at church.

Revelation 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

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