Make a Difference in Your Church

Make a Difference in Your Church

Do you make a difference in your church? Do you contribute to the courage, morale, faith, and spiritual growth of those in your local church? We should seek to do so.

Let us notice a lesson from the life of the Apostle Paul.

Acts 20:36-38
36 And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all. 37 Then they all wept freely, and fell on Paul’s neck and kissed him, 38 sorrowing most of all for the words which he spoke, that they would see his face no more. And they accompanied him to the ship.

The above text took place when Paul met with the leaders of the Ephesian church. Did you notice how sorrowful they were when they found out they would not see him anymore?

Would your church miss you if you told them you had to leave and would not be able to see them again? Would they care? I am not challenging the compassion of the church with the point I am making. I am challenging whether or not you and I are making a difference in the lives of others. Are we even seeking to do so?

I am afraid that most of us have very little spiritual impact on the body of Christ.

I believe the self-centeredness of American culture has spilled over into the attitudes of God’s people. Church attendance in American seems to be focused more on what we can get and our own personal preferences. We want to go to a church that is convenient and comfortable. We choose churches based on our music preferences, the charisma of the preacher, etc. And when we go, it is generally focused on what we can get out of it.

The life of Christ in Paul shows us something entirely different. When we read the Scriptures, it seems that Paul sacrificially gave of himself for the good of others and the glory of King Jesus. The people were heart-broken when they heard that they may not see this dear Brother again.

That is the way that we should be. If we took hold of it, I think it would utterly transform churches across America! Imagine if you and I began going to our weekly church meetings with a prayerful heart that is desirous for an opportunity to bless others when we go. Let us set aside any idea of going merely to be blessed and instead look at the blessed opportunity we have to worship our awesome God with others that love Him also. Let us rejoice in the great opportunity we have to find a need and meet it or to speak a word of encouragement to someone who is burdened. Let us be willing to serve the body of Jesus in any way that service may be needed.

What would it look like if church attendance stopped being about us and instead it was about loving God and loving others? What if we began to cherish true spiritual fellowship with other believers and the opportunity we have to sacrifice ourselves for their good?

The possibilities are endless! May we seek to be people of God who make such a difference in our church that the fellowship we provide in Christ is so valuable that it would be heartily, and not just sentimentally, missed. I freely and regrettably admit that I have not always been what I should be in this area. But I want to be. Will you join me by also seeking to “make a difference in your church”?

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Jason Butte has served the Lord through church planting, pastoring and teaching.  He and his family currently reside in Cleveland and are seeking to reach souls and build up believers in our community, in the workplace, and throughout every aspect of daily life.

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