“The greatest among you should be like the youngest. And the one who rules [should be] like the one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves?” (Luke 22:26-27)
I don’t want to be known for a great band.
I don’t want to be admired for a great campus.
I don’t want to be recognized for a great marketing campaign.
I don’t want to be praised for great programming.
I don’t want to be applauded for great theology and scholarship.
I want the church to be great because we fed hungry momas and their babies. I’d like to be great because we battled poverty with not just our money but our hands and hearts…I hope to be part of a great movement of the Holy Spirit, who injects supernatural wind and fire into His mission. My version of great will come when others are scratching their heads and saying, “Wow, you live a really different life.” (Interrupted pgs. 82-83)
For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest. (Luke 9:48)
This makes you look at great and the church a bit differently, huh? Our society has created the notion that bigger is better and surely the more programs you have then the greater your church must be. I will admit that has been my thinking for a very long time.
I have been part of a small, simple church for many years. It has been very easy to think that our little church doesn’t even compare to some of the mega churches around us. But, I know that God has a purpose for our church. Do we have room to improve? ABSOLUTELY. Could we do more in terms of serving others in our community and worrying less about reaching the saved? Yep.
No matter what kind of church you attend, I think this chapter can cause you to rethink what you are involved in and how you serve. For me, these kinds of questions are stirring:
How can I help those around me at church see the importance of giving back?
How can I live as an example of this way of living?
How can I encourage more to be involved with serving others instead of coming 1x a week and keeping the seats warm?
Specifically, what can I do in my church to encourage a mindset of serving?
I’ve waited too long for someone else to do it.
In the words of Matthew West, “It’s time for us to do something.”
How about you?
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