You settle into your church seat with your church cafe coffee in hand and sway along to the music because you’re too busy drinking it. (You don’t like the setlist that week, so there’s no way you were going to sing along anyway.) During the sermon, you wait for the verses to be up on the screen because you didn’t bring your Bible to take notes. The game’s on at 1:00, so you and your family dip out during the closing worship set. Check the box- you did church that week.
Is it that far off from the truth?
We live in a generation where we want to know what church can do for us. There has to be free coffee, good music, and a hip, young pastor, and if the message hits home too much, we don’t want to hear it.
If you call yourself a Christian, you ARE the church. You are a part of the hands and feet of Christ. You are needed to grow His kingdom. The church is not a separate group that puts on a show every Sunday.
This concept of consumer-driven church is one that has been bothering me for a long time, and I don’t think anyone is immune to the mindset- we have to make a conscious change not to fall into it.
1. Fully accept what Christ has done for you. When we accept Christ, He makes us new and radiates from us. This transforms our desires and how we see the world. We were born to serve others and to love God with all that we are.
He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds, we are healed.
2. Be in the Word. God has given us His directions for living and interacting with each other. We have the ability to see how the early church worked, and bring our culture back to it.
3. Go out and serve. Get connected with service opportunities at your church! Church is not just confined to a building. As the hands and feet of Christ, we have the ability to go out and serve others and testify of His love. Take advantage of this beautiful opportunity.
Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.
4. Be in community. Surrounding yourself with other believers helps align your heart with the will of God. We were made to need community. This can be getting involved with a Bible study or starting a text group to share prayer requests and encouraging stories.
I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.
1 Corinthians 1:10
We were made for much more than just simply living. We were made in God’s image, and our only goal, while we are on earth, is to make Him known. Go out and change the world for His glory!
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