“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:1
I hear quite a few people speak about their church as if they are merely consumers, making a choice about what is best for them. They belong to a church for reasons like these:
- I love the Pastor
- It has a great youth program for my kids
- The music is fantastic
- My friends go there
I’ve also heard people reject a church because:
- I don’t feel uplifted
- I’m not being fed spiritually
- I don’t like someone who is a member
- I prefer a different kind of music
Now I am not saying there is anything wrong with loving your Pastor, the music, the programs or the people in your church. There is something wrong with making a choice that’s all about you. I personally believe that the lay people of the congregation are called to be there every bit as much as the Pastor. We’re part of the body of Christ. We all have gifts and talents to build up the body. We’re all needed. We are to be worthy of that calling.
That means our choice of a congregation should be based, in great part, on where God is calling us to serve. It means once we have accepted our call, we need to be humble and bear with others even when we don’t agree with them. It means we don’t change congregations just because we liked the old Pastor better; we don’t get mad and leave in a snit. We settle in, we become family and we work together.
“Look careful then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” Ephesians 4:15-17
You’ve been called. Are you blooming where you are planted? Are you walking in a worthy manner? Are you God’s servant in the place He has placed you? Or are you just a religious consumer?