People definitely love a good party. Whether you are a disciple or not, chances are you like to have a good get together.
Parties are full of excitement, fun and laughter. In the right place and in the right context, a party is just what we often need to get us out of the doldrums.
In our fast-paced and “hardy-party” society, today’s church-gatherings often resemble a party; good times with good friends. And there isn’t anything wrong with the idea of good times with fellow believers.
God, however, challenges us to much more. As a disciple of Christ, we are called to put our hand to the plough and never look back. That means dedication and discipline. Meeting with other disciples and Christians is essential to our spiritual growth. Unfortunately, our gatherings often look more like parties than the opportunity to learn and share so we can grow in our walk with the Master.
Our call is not so much to “party” with Christ on Sunday mornings (or whenever Christians may meet). Instead, we are called to be a party with Christ. In other words, we are called to be part of the group that make him our Master. We are called to be a “part-y” or a part of Him.
I often think what it must have been like to follow Christ as a Talmud, or disciple (More on Talmud in a later post). One thing is for certain: the early disciples of Jesus were completely engulfed with his teachings. It was what being a disciple was all about in that part of the world and at that time.
Much has changed in the 2000 years since the time of Christ on our planet. What remains constant is our call to be followers…and part of his reflection in this very dark world.