Mission Statement

In classical sacrifices, the people get the good bits, and the gods get the refuse, the bits that would get thrown out otherwise.

Not our God. Leviticus (particularly Leviticus 3) describes the sacrifices that our LORD demanded from His people of Israel. God gets the kidneys, the tail, and all the fat. He gets the prime steak, He gets the best.

Today we do not literally give sacrifices of animals. For us the ultimate sacrifice has been made through our Lord, Christ Jesus. But should always be our ambition to do the same thing - to offer God the best of what we have, to offer Him the fat, and not the smoke and bones.

Thursday, 27 May 2010

We Are the Church

I was at an event recently with a lot of people from church. And people were asked to move their plates to the kitchen. Few people did, and those that did just put them anywhere, not even scraping them, and the people in the kitchen were anxiously stacking the plates and atempting to wash them and do a million other things. Everyone was standing around, chatting. And I was cross.

We're the church of Christ, I thought. We're supposed to have a servant heart. And here we are, ignoring people who could use some help so that we can socialise.

And then I realise, I am the church of Christ. I'm supposed to have a servant heart. And here I am, ignoring people who could use some help so that I can socialise.

So I helped. I scraped plates from the other side of the kitchen, and stacked them neatly. Sure, it wasn't a big thing, it didn't change the world or anything, but it was something nice that I was able to do for others.

How often we are all like that! We blame "the church" in general, forgetting that we ARE the church. If we are complaining about something (whatever it is) then we need to roll up our sleeves and do something about it. What we do may or may not be much, but we are called to be obedient, not sucessful, and we will not truly know the results of all that we do this side of eternity.

So get to work. (Myself included!)

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