The Church, A Hospital or Museum?
Christ Followers, we must be loyal to the Church and to Jesus Christ. We must never talk about anyone behind their back. We must not think ugly thoughts or express such thoughts to people’s faces either. We must be above reproach with our fellows. We must be honest with people. The contemporary Christian Musician and songwriter, Matthew West, recently released a song, “Truth be Told.” In this song, he addresses the reality of life. We all are broken. We need to do a better job of telling the truth to each other. When someone tells you something personal, keep it to yourself. They are trusting you. As you do this yourself take confidence that when you tell someone something very personal, they will keep your confidence. Should we break that confidence we are causing great injury to the person that trusted us. Let us practice loyalty to one another. If the Church is to survive, we must do our part. The Church is not a showplace or museum for saints it is a hospital for broken people. Take that seriously. We are in a lifeboat surviving a cruel world. Let us be helpful to each other. Ask yourself, Am I a loyal good friend to people?
Let us live out God’s guidance as faithfully and accurately as we can leaving the results to Him. Do this faithfully each day. Do it without question or complaint. Should we leave it in His hands, it will work out perfectly. Believe that the guidance God gives has been worked out by Him to produce the required results according to your circumstances. Follow God’s guidance to the best of your ability and faithfulness. God knows you better than you know yourself. He knows your life, your character, and your weaknesses. He will deliver the best result for you and His epic plan.
Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." God wrote this through Jeremiah the prophet. It was specifically written for the Nation Israel. It has been understood as a word to individual Jews and Christ Followers as well. There is not space enough in any human brain to understand that God has a great cosmic plan and we each have a specific role to play in that plan. It requires faith to believe that our great God has such capabilities. The reality is He has such power! He has a very specific plan. The writer, John Eldredge, wrote a wonderful book, “EPIC, The Story God is Telling and the Role That is Yours to Play.” He addresses this very topic. I encourage you to read it.