The Consumer… Not

It’s about me.  Isn’t it?  Well, when I am the customer, the consumer, it better be.  It should absolutely be about the person spending the money, taking time to shop and about building relationships.  Countless companies do a really good job, an overwhelmingly do a fair job and a select few do a really great job.  A recent message I heard was in regards to a church attender not having a consumer mindset.  It is really challenging to enter a church environment and not make it about me, how it applies to me, how it affects me and so forth.

We live in a society that drives everything to be about us.  I am so very guilty of that.  The church, it’s different.  It should be different.   Was the church created to help us pass the time?  Was the church created because people needed a social hour?  Was the church designed to be personal and internal?  No.  The church was created to give people tools to teach them about the love, grace and mercy of our Lord and then with the command to go out and spread the word.  Someone mentioned to me last night that our call to salvation and that personal decision was our moment for this journey to be about “me.”  Do you agree?

What seems like is a greater challenge at time is to connect to a church home and make the commitment to invest there.  The beautiful and hard truth that I am learning is that no church is perfect.  Why?  It’s run by people and we are broke.  The church is also a refuge for some of the sickest people, which is beautiful that it is a place for healing and restoration.  The challenge then is to make the choice to link arms with your church, commit to serving, getting involved and planting roots in where God has you.

“Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing” (Psalm 92:13,14)

 

 

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