For example, Jesus says in Matthew 15:8, “This people honors me with their lips,but their heart is far from me.” This is at the core of a Chreaster. Chreasters show up on those two Sunday because they feel obligated, but lets be honest, they would rather be doing something else. They may be in Church singing the same songs, but their heart is someplace else. It is a burden to them.
Another example is found in Luke 9:59-62, “To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” Excuses, excuses, excuses. This is the essence of a Chreaster. They have a list of things they want to deal with before they pay attention to Jesus. Jesus is always second in their life. Second to family, second to their job, second to their vacations, second to their dreams.
We see another example of this in Matthew 22:2-5, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come. Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.” But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business.” Once again, Jesus is pushed aside for things “more important.”
Another example of a Chreaster is found in Matthew 13 where Jesus explains the parable of the four soils. One of the soils lies among the thorns and this is what Jesus says about this thorny soil in verse 22, “As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.” Chreasters love the world. It is their god. They exchange worship of God for shopping, football, working on cars, road-trips, coffee, yard-work, you name it. The majority of the time the world wins over God...that is except Christmas and Easter.
These examples are just the tip of the iceberg. The Bible is full of Chreaster like behavior: rich young ruler (Matthew 19:16-30), lukewarm “Christians” (Revelation 3:15-22), the worldly Demas (2 Timothy 4:10), those who gain the world and lose their soul (Luke 9:23-27), those who leave the Church (1 John 2:19), etc.
Why does the Bible speak so regularly of Chreasterism? Simple, because God desires these warnings to cause you to repent and turn to Him. God wants you to see yourself as God sees you. God wants you to understand that you are deceiving yourself. God wants you to wake up to the fact that just because you say you are saved, doesn't mean that you are saved.
Does going to Church save you? Absolutely not. Christ saves. However, being saved produces in your life Christian fruit, not Chreaster fruit. So this week, examine your heart. Is it far from God? If so, repent (turn) from your Chreaster ways and pick up your cross and follow Christ before it is too late.