It’s All About Me.
November 30, 2009.
Many years ago, New Kids performed a skit titled “It’s All About Me.” Honestly, I don’t remember the skit, only the title.
I’ve been contemplating the focus of the Church.
- Why did Christ leave the Church here?
- What is the mission of the Church?
- What is the Church’s role in the lives of individuals and societies?
- Who is “the Church?”
- What is corporate worship, and why is it important?
- What is “revival,” and how does it come about?
In a lot of ways, I fear we (as the Church) have become far too focused on ourselves, both individually and corporately. We want music that we like during worship. We want sermons that affirm our judgments and step on someone else’s toes. We want ministries that cater to our needs and the needs that we feel strongest about. We want to look, sound, act, be as cool as a cucumber—not stuffy, old, rigid and traditional like our parents and grandparents were. We want to feel good. We want to look good. We want to be important, or at least accepted.
Jesus didn’t leave us here to be cool. He didn’t leave us here so we could be culturally relevant. He didn’t leave us here so we would find true joy and belonging in this world. No, Jesus Himself is our joy and belonging. We are strangers here, longing for our eternal home. Jesus left us here to be a light to the world. He left us to spread the good news. He left us here to minister to the needs of others.
It’s not about you. Get over yourself. Stop looking in the mirror, and look into the eyes of the people surrounding you. They need Christ. They need His love, His mercy.
Consider the lilies of the field