On January 20th, 1961 John F. Kennedy said during his inaugural address, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.
In this great American society, everything a person could ever need is incredibly easy to get. If we have the income and means, all we have to do is wheel the car into the fast-food drive-thru, and 5-10 minutes later we’re eating. Everything in our world is geared to getting us what we want when we want it!
The business world has learned that if we are expected to jump thru a hoop before we buy a product, we won’t. The company that doesn’t charge shipping gets the sale. We don’t even have to get out of bed to buy…just about anything.
We have become a “consumer culture, and I believe we need to fight that culture flowing into our churches. Just believing in Christ and thinking that’s enough can lead us to become “Consumer Christians.” Just believing doesn’t require action but following Christ does!
We cannot followChrist and remain a consumer Christian. Following requires movement. Movement in Christ requires service for God and others. Service for God and others means getting up from the pew and asking God, “What can I do for you today?”
There are 1,000’s of small, struggling churches in this country of our who need you. They need you to be an “on-fire” follower of Christ! My thought for your week: Mathew 20: 26[b]-28 (NIV) [Jesus said] whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” If we are to reallyfollow Christ, we’ve got to follow His lead.
I have found, the older we get the less we get into the “new year’s resolution” thing. When we were younger, we would really dive into it and say, “This year I’m going to get down to my ideal weight!” Or, “I’m going to start working on my book!” Or, “I’m going to save more and spend less!” Or, “I’m going to get in shape and run a 5K!” Or, “I’m finally going to conquer that addiction………”
And, then we fail…Over and over.
When we’re older, we don’t even try. We put it behind us because we know we won’t succeed.
We do the very same thing when it comes to following God’s will for our lives. We fail Him over and over. And the older we get, the more complacent we become. We say to ourselves, “Why do I even try. I’m going to continue to sin. I’m going to continue to fall short of who God wants me to be…”
Amazingly and fortunately for us, God continues loves us with His incredible grace. We fail Him over and over and He takes us back over and over.
God is incredibly full of love for us! He is unbelievably forgiving! Why? Because He know us better than we know ourselves. He knows our weaknesses better than we do. He knows our every flaw…and He STILL loves us.
This year, I believe you and I really need to resolve to walk closer to God. We need to make plans to pray more, read the Bible more, go to church more, light our faith on fire and get active in His church more!
My Thought for your week: Go to church! Get involved! Put your love for God into action! Why?Because 2,000 years ago He put His love for you into action!