Over the years I have encountered numerous people who left a Church, including mine because they “were not getting fed.” For whatever reason, they felt like the Church was not providing them with all of the necessary ingredients to help them grow in their faith.
One thing I have never encountered is someone who left a Church because they “were not able to feed others enough.” No one I know has ever found themselves in a position where there was not enough work for them to do.
To me, this illustrates our selfish view of Church. We see our connection to a body of believers as purely utilitarian for us. We are there to get all we can get out of this group of people and nothing more. Today, I would like to flip this over and ask you for a few minutes to see Church as a group of people who need you to give as much as you receive. Take the time to ask yourself these questions.
1. Am I helping other people grow in their faith?
2. How am I teaching people about Jesus and the Bible?
3. In what ways can I better support the people in our congregation?
4. What needs has God brought me to this group to meet?
5. How are this place and these people better because I am here?
Would your view of Church be any different if you asked yourself these questions regularly? The people who form a Church need your contribution to be better Christians. We are in search of people who ask more questions about what they can give than what we receive.
Believers in Jesus are shaped by his life more than our culture. Jesus came into the world not to be served, but to serve and give his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45)