Have you ever been told that? I can’t count you the number of times I have been told to keep my religion in the church. The only problem is that as a born again christian, I don’t have religion. I have salvation. There is a major difference. Religion focuses on what man can do for God. This is common with most modern worship services these days. Worship is not about what we can do for God. It’s not about our talent. It’s not about our abilities. True worship is about what Christ has already done. It’s about His finished work on Calvary. Salvation, on the other hand, is all about what God has done for man instead of what man can do for God.
Keeping it in the church house merely defeats the purpose of worship. We worship Christ because of what He did for the world on Calvary. He died for the sins of the whole world, not just a select group of people or church members. Religion works well in the church house, but salvation works best in the world. Though we are not to “cram it down society’s throat,” we are to preset a Godly life and testimony as we go about our day to day life. Keeping it in the church is the same as saying keep your degree on the college campus. It does no good if it is not taken else where and used. The same is true for salvation. The god of this world (Satan) has blinded the minds of unbelievers so that they cannot see the light of the glorious gospel of Christ. (2Corinthians 4:4) Jesus said that we are to let our light shine among this dark and evil world. In Matthew 5:16 Jesus tells us to let our light shine so that others can see our works and glorify our Father. We don’t let our light shine to applaud our own works, but to show the world that Jesus loves them, died for them, and wants to save them.
As Paul addresses the Thessalonian church, he says in verse 8 of chapter 1, “For from you sounded out the word of the Lord.” In other words, they didn’t keep it in the church house. They were willing to show a lost and dying world the love of God. In Mark 15:16, Jesus commissions the disciples to “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” This is impossible if it is kept in the church. Not telling others and not letting our light shine in this dark world is blatant disobedience to the Word of God.
I am not saying that we are to force our beliefs on everyone else, but we are to live in such a manner that brings honor and glory to Christ. Our lives in society should directly reflect what has happened in the church. Our daily lives should be filled with joy and thanksgiving and compassion. We get “filled up” be being at church, then use it as we live our daily lives. You don’t leave your vehicle parked at the gas station until you run out of gas. You fill it up so you can drive it. Keeping salvation in the church defeats the purpose of going to church. Tell somebody about Jesus. You don’t have to be a jerk to be a witness. Let others see Christ in you as they watch you during the day. If you have religion, then by all means keep it somewhere else, but if you have salvation, let the light of the glorious gospel of Christ shine through you so that it can be seen and heard where it is needed!