PASTOR'S PEN: Part Time

Associate Pastor Ron Witbeck, Resurrection Life Church Big Rapids

Associate Pastor Ron Witbeck, Resurrection Life Church Big Rapids

Courtesy photo/Ron Witbeck

‘Part Time’ is a term usually used when referencing the hours a person works during the week. Usually thought of as any hours worked that are less than 40, this can include some that may have left the workforce deciding to remain active.

We are going to look into another ‘Part Time’ role that we can easily be drawn into. That is the role of a ‘Part Time’ Christian. This can be defined as only attending Sunday services, leaving it behind as we leave the church, not acting during the week as we have claimed.

We live in a world where the demands of our everyday life can very easily draw us into the position of a part-timer. Our workplaces can lead us away from our convictions, or the people we socialize with, many of which may distract us in our walk as a Christian.

We all need to check and see if we are ‘Part Time’ by the time actually spent with God. How’s our daily devotions, time spent in our Bibles, time in prayer, or time in meditation? Has it become too easy being distracted by the obligations we face each and every day? 

None of us intentionally want to be labeled ‘Part Time’ followers of Jesus! Do those closest to us see something different in the way we live? Or do they see us saying one thing, then fail in living up to that standard? How many people do we come in contact with that know where we stand, and does our conduct support it? These are some questions we should be asking ourselves.  

We are not to judge others, the Holy Spirit does not judge us, but will guide us with conviction. With that conviction we can turn to 1 John 1:6-7.

If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

So with all that said, are we a full time or ‘Part Time’ Christian? 

— Ron Witbeck is an associate pastor at Resurrection Life Church in Big Rapids.