A young lady was becoming dissatisfied with church. She told her mother how stale worship was getting. She lamented that the sermons were not as meaningful, and she was feeling out of touch with people in the church. She began thinking about leaving the church altogether. Her mother made a suggestion that might improve this situation. Instead of thinking about
how bad church was, and what she wasn't getting out of church, she told her to see what she could do to help someone feel better at church. The young lady had nothing to lose so she came to church with a different set of eyes. She looked around, looking for people who were by themselves. Instead of quietly sitting in the back pew, she decided to welcome people who she had never seen before. She decided, if she wasn't getting a blessing from church, maybe she could bless others.
What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray?
The young lady came home after church differently. The church was the same, but she wasn't. She had decided to go to church to help others, but during that experience, she was the one who was helped. When church was about others, rather than what she was not getting out of church, she received the blessing she was looking for.
I will ask this question. Why are we going to church? The reality is that Jesus has always been wanting to take our focus off our needs, and place others first. Church can be the best place to practice what Christ wants to instill in our hearts. Why is heaven so wonderful? Because everyone loves you more than their own need to be loved. What is church? Let's imagine it.
Connected to the Vine
Sermon Title: Daniel Chapter 3. Test of Culture