Jesus said that if we found our life and our significance in His love, that we would be then so changed and altered in our heart that we would spend the rest of our lives helping other people find their place in the love of the Father! So if we are not doing the one, then we need to question the other, because this is a love so great and so powerful that it changes whatever it touches!
If we are truly saved, as the church of the living God, then we have to acknowledge that our purpose is not a country club for consumers. It is not a place for critics to rate. It is not where we get our needs met, that is not what the church is for!
The church is the body of Christ, it is to be in our world, what Christ's body was in His world! The body of Christ served the mind of Christ to do His will to touch the faces of those who are hurting and broken in His day and it's supposed to do the exact same thing in ours!
The flow of the love of God is this--Jesus said, "you come to me, and find in Me your life and the purpose you've been longing for. Everything else that you've tried and broken yourself on, when you come to Me instead of going to 'that', you will find rest! You will find life and you will find joy! But when you come and follow me for life, I'm going to send you out and I'm going to make you 'fishers of men' (Matthew 4:19). That's my purpose, that's my call, that's my love for the world expressed and lived in a way that actually works!" (paraphrased)
Here's the deal, I am so convinced that I (and we), do not believe in the power of the Gospel much anymore. I have been praying for the day when we would see 300 new believers come to Christ and follow Him in baptism every year. In a city of hundreds of thousands, how is that not possible?
There's only one way that's not possible and it's that I'm not doing my job!
I'm not believing my Lord. I'm not going where I should be going.
I'm not speaking how I should be speaking. I'm not letting Jesus make me what He wants to make me!
I want us, as a church, to wake up and opt of out consumerism.
I want us a church to recover our confidence in the Gospel (the good news of Jesus) to change lives and to believe that it's not just preachers who are given the privilege of answering brokenness, but every Christ follower is one who is sent!
If we have entered into the life of Christ, then we are sent out by Christ into the world.
The Gospel isn't an invitation to personal happiness--it's a call to wage and win an eternal war on your heart and your soul! If we're saved, we're sent! -Dr. Drew Shofner
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