Some folks feel that they are entitled. That is just how they see themselves.
It may not be an appropriate attitude, but that is how some of us see ourselves in relation to the church.
Yes, indeed, some of do.
Look at the parking lot. When all of the other spaces are filled, some entertain the option of parking in visitor or staff spaces, even the handicap section.
Look at the pews. Some will try to squeeze in on a particular row or section no matter what may be occurring in the worship service.
Let us not belabor the point any further. Some of us have reasoned and rationalized what we deserve since we contribute to the kingdom of God at our local church. It can be an offering or a volunteer contribution of time, but we do it.
Let us simply stop. Let us allow God to humble us somewhat. Let us live free if such a mindset.
Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.”c Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky - Philippians 2:14-15 (NIV)
Imagine if you would a place of sanctified bliss where the children of God lived without fault and without grumbling or arguing. Paul painted the picture that such a state of being for the children of God would make room for them to shine like stars in the sky. That’s a beautiful picture if you can capture a glimpse of it in your mind.
Now try it on for size.
Let the Lord use you to end disputes, bickering, and complaining, even petty arguments. How? Just don’t do anything related to those actions. Take all of your actions without giving cause for such reactions to arise. Make team members really feel like part of the team. Adjust your attitude about all things related to the activity prior to taking any action. Pray for God to cleanse you and purify your spirit as you go into the work that He has set aside for you to accomplish in His name.
Paul’s experience was for his eyes to be opened as if scales fell from them.
Bartimaeus experienced it after being summoned by the Savior.
The ageless hymn Amazing Grace says: “Was blind but now I see.”
How beautiful it is for darkness’ shroud to be lifted and eyes becoming opened to see the light. It is truly amazing that the Lord can do such miraculous things. Yet, He said that we would do greater works.
If we are but mere reflections of the True Light as John wrote in John 1:9, then how can our little itty bitty lights cause someone else to see?
Jesus said so.
You do not have to take a seminary course or do an exhaustive word study to figure it out.
Jesus said so.
He called us the “light of the world.” He said that we would do greater works. He died and rose again, then said that His disciples would serve as global witnesses for Him.
I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. – John 12:46 (KJV)
Jesus came as a light into the world. He came as light to shed light and so that no one who believes in Him will live in darkness. He was the Light that men failed to comprehend, according to John’s gospel.
This Thanksgivingsay a prayer for those who seek to do good works. Many will feed the homeless. Some will offer them clothing and shelter. Others will open their homes to them. Some will go and spend volunteer time with wounded veterans while others will read to children in the cancer unit of the local hospital or wash feet at the neighborhood hospice.