Day 22: Great

“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?

~Starr

_____________________

Interrupted Study << Click to view/download our study schedule

>>View all previous posts for this study.

7 thoughts on “Day 22: Great

  1. I’ve been part of a small church all my life. Unfortunately, I hear that larger churches have the same problem, a small dedicated group of people doing most of the work. I’ve learned through the years that you just keep doing what is right and leading by example. Some will, some won’t. The ones who don’t are the ones who miss out on life. I choose to do what I can to share my time, talents and money. There will come a time when my health and age will cause me to slow down and if I’m fortunate enough to be able to retire, I will be on a very limited income and not able to financially support what I do now. I refuse to let the complacency of others still my joy while I’m healthy and able to get involved with my church and service to others. By God’s grace, I will keep on keeping on with a smile on my face and joy in my heart!

    Like

    1. Thank you for reminding me of these simple truths. Yes, we are called to do what God is asking of us and pray that others will come along. Sometimes they will, sometimes they won’t. That doesn’t mean that God wants us to give up. He’s asked us to be obedient in all things and to follow the path He leads us down. There is always a reason and a purpose. I’m with you – as long as I can, I want to give it all I’ve got. I don’t want to live with regrets. God, help us to chase after You.

      Like

  2. We had a soup fund raiser lunch at church today (for the JBQ program). (It was a great day for a soup lunch for sure!) I heard someone comment that it was funny out of the many many many kids that are part of the JBQ teams, very few of the parents participated in this event. Either by making something or setting up or cleaning up afterwards. (And some of the ones that were participating don’t have kids in the program.)

    Freida’s right – it’s the same no matter where you go. Some people are there to just be fed themselves – not to help serve anyone else. I think that is one area that lots of churches need revival in – are we there to cater to those that are saved? Or are we there to help those in need?

    I’ve mentioned COH a few times, I know – But it’s a great example of this. When raising money to make the local event happen (it’s not inexpensive), it’s the smaller churches that give more and have more people there. But two weeks later, the people from the small church that were part of the event – they’ve gone back to their lives – and the events at the church are still being led/worked on by the few.

    Do we do that to ourselves? By always being there, do others assume they aren’t needed? That’s partially why I stepped away from somethings I was doing in the church. I loved doing it – I miss doing it at times (though having my Saturday and Sunday nights back is kinda nice). But if I stepped away, would someone else step in? Guess what, they have – but it’s the same few that already help in other areas….

    Like

  3. That same song came to my mind! And yea I’m behind but I’m still here! Had to comment on this one, because I’m tired of waiting for others to do something I need to take charge because he isn’t going to take the excuse well I thought someone else would do it!

    Like

  4. I have always been in a small church. I couldn’t imagine being part of a mega church. I love its family feel. I am closer to my church family than my blood family. I know it can be a challenge to get some to see the work that WE all need to do. I want God to give me HIS eyes to see more opportunities to help. That is where my heart is. I want to show the Love, comfort and understanding that Jesus has shown me.

    Like

    1. This makes me think of that song:
      Give me Your eyes for just one second
      Give me Your eyes so I can see
      Everything that I keep missing
      Give me Your love for humanity
      Give me Your arms for the broken-hearted
      The ones that are far beyond my reach
      Give me Your heart for the ones forgotten
      Give me Your eyes so I can see

      Like

Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s