and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. Luke 24:47
About six weeks ago, my coffee maker gave up the ghost. I have been using a percolator on the stove. Fine coffee but hard to keep warm like a traditional coffee maker. I decided that with a gift card I had receive for Christmas I would get a new one. As I stood in the aisle, I was amazed at all the brands and differing degrees of coffee maker. On one end a simple coffee maker and on the other an expensive machine that did everything including taking commands from Alexa. Short of doing your taxes, this machine seemed to be able to do anything. Yet, I could not help but wonder, is it any good at making coffee? I ended up buying the $9.99 coffee maker, I did not need all the other options. I just wanted a good cup of coffee.
-What does a coffee maker have to do with Jesus?
Unfortunately, we are the same when searching for a church or what Christianity can offer. Our requirements for church, Bible studies and the messages coming out of the pulpit is what that it conforms to what we want to hear. Do we like where the church is located, is it convenient to where I live, is the pastor connected in the community? Does he know all the right people? Does the message make me feel good about myself? I want to feel good and have my needs met, I do not want to have to examine myself or acknowledge my failings.
–We focus on how to fill the pews but what we need to focus on is how do we fill heaven.
We want a Christianity and a Jesus that conforms to us and how we want to feel. Being a Christian and a follower of Jesus is not about how you feel. In fact, there is no feelings in Christianity. True discipleship is about obedience, sacrifice, charity, and compassion. We do not need, nor should we look for all the bells and whistles. What makes a great church or ministry is the courage to focus on what is important and needed. Truth. Teaching salvation and repentance. These two things are very unpopular in the secular world. God, through His son made a way of salvation for ALL humankind. However, without true repentance there is no salvation. Let us not allow ourselves to be caught up in the easy, comfortable, and non-controversial Christianity that is sweeping the globe. Let us be courageous and share His truth.
Typist for Jesus