Pouty Face

I recently had and experience with a couple of pre-teen children.

One of them got the news that he was not allowed to take his phone with him on a weekend trip.  His reaction as expected was anger, pouting, and a refusal to eat supper.

Basically he put himself in a position that hurt himself much more than anyone else.

baby-poutingSome churches have done the same thing.  They don’t wish to make the sacrifices necessary to reach their neighborhood or become more relevant within their context and thus they “pout”, are angry with the “evil” around them, and refuse to change.

And who suffers?  The un-churched around them do – but they don’t even know it.

The angry church begins to see the youth leave, attendance dwindle and finances dry up.

Pretty soon they have hurt themselves — severely.

So it is vital that we understand church as it was originally designed.  Not as place for us to be served or catered to.  It is a place to serve.

Serve each other.  Serve our neighbors.  Serve our community.

An attitude of service — That’s Paul’s whole point in Philippians 2:

Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.

Though he was God,[a]
    he did not think of equality with God
    as something to cling to.
Instead, he gave up his divine privileges[b];
    he took the humble position of a slave[c]
    and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,[d]
    he humbled himself in obedience to God
    and died a criminal’s death on a cross.

Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor
    and gave him the name above all other names,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.

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