Today: Can we change?
Scripture Passage: 1 Peter 5 – NIV (NIV)
5 To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed: 2 Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; 3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. (1 Peter 5, NIV)
Greetings in the name of Jesus!
Everybody else is changing. Can we (church) also change, for better?
There’s a home store and a bank near my home, both in the same premises
I noticed a big change in the way they treat customers, since a year or so back
Previously, they wouldn’t care for customers. Now, they have the best customer service around. The moment you step in, they greet you and they are there to help you with anything you need. The Bank even gives free coffee!
Certain government agencies also changed big time few years back, like the DMV. You can get your job done much quicker than before!
But there is one place we don’t see much of a change in attitude: the Church!
There are many churches that treat people nicely, but a majority of traditional churches are not willing to change the way they treat people, especially a new person.
Without any sacrifice of beliefs or doctrines, we can definitely behave better
As a congregation, we can be nicer, at no extra cost!
The pride and ego we hold on to, at the local church or the denomination, will do no good; in fact, it will eventually hurt/harm us. Humility pays!
It is OK to have confidence about our church, but it is bad to think that every other church is inferior. Nine out of ten people I think, keep that kind of an attitude-“my church is the only church”!
Sometimes I see people expressing their hatred for a certain denomination, on facebook and stuff like that. Social networking sites can be good or bad, depending on how addicted/depending you are, on that. “Likes” and “dislikes” of others really don’t tell the truth. People can do it out of obligation!
I remember reading an article titled cats-dont-love-us
But people “die” for cats. Why not die for Jesus, who loved us, and still loves us, to give up His own life for us?
It is time for the generation of parents to undergo a big change of attitude, so that the same will be reflected in our children as well!
Christmas is coming; let the church make room for Jesus!
Cast all you cares upon Him (God) and be free!
Have a blessed day!
Pray for those persecuted in the name of Jesus worldwide, and for those who persecute them.