Saturday, July 9, 2011
Life is a Performance, but Who are We Performing For?
Today I was reminded that sometimes, when we serve, we serve alone. Even in a group of servants, we still seem to serve alone. I wondered, "How do we motivate others to serve God?" When we humbly tell people what we're doing, so as not to draw attention to ourselves, we pray that someone will pick up on the subtleness of our comment and come serve with us. Yet, very few came. Very few ever come. "What am I doing wrong, God?" I asked. "Are we not doing what you called us to do? I know that it is a Saturday morning, God. How come others don't have the same passion as our small (and getting smaller) group seem to have?" These are questions that I have been pondering for quite some time now. Where does the passion start? Why does the passion end? How do we stoke the fires of passion when we are out of fuel? Are we becoming the luke-warm Church? What happens when God spits us out? These are all questions that worry me constantly. I feel at times, that we have a "consumer" mentality and not a "producer" attitude. We come to the Church to GET served, not TO serve. Church should be like a school, where you gain knowledge of HIM, but then you are to GO OUT and SHARE that knowledge of the LOVE, POWER, and SALVATION, not just keep it locked in the STAINED GLASS FORTRESS. If you are reading this, please pray with me for the passion to come back to the Church. God, please help us become the passionate, loving people you wanted us to be. Please give us the courage to do what is right and the encouragement to press on, even when we don't feel like anyone cares. Please help us to not perform for others, but YOU, an audience of ONE. In Jesus' precious name we pray these things. Amen.