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.