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"Those who have the disease called Jesus will never be cured" ~Old Russian Proverb

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Defining Success pt. 2

Continuing our study from Sunday thru Matthew 16:21-28...

Again, returning to consider verse 23, "You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of man":

Peter spoke (in verse 22) from his contemporary understanding of kings and kingdoms. Certainly kings don't go this route - crucifixion, death, and burial - in establishing their reign! No, first there is recognition. Then there are growing numbers of loyal followers. Then there is some form of a coronation. Then there is conquest and victories! This is what kings and kingdoms look like.

We can get into similar danger when we look to define church success in terms of contemporary understanding. Having busy church calendars, swelling numbers and community recognition is all fine, but if that becomes the measuring standard we are amiss. Loving God with all our hearts, souls and minds; loving others as ourselves; communicating the gospel 'to all creatures'; lives offered up as living sacrifices - let's look to those as measuring standards. How are we doing?


  • I also think one of the biggest parts of being a follower of Christ is doing what he says in Luke 22 (this is what i learned in church this morning). In verse 27, Jesus says..."For who is greater, the one who is at the table, or the one who serves?" When thinking about what Jesus said, our quick response would be the one sitting, for surely a king is much better off than the one who is serving the king dinner, right? But listen to what Jesus says in the rest of verse 27- "Is it not the one who is at the table? BUT (<- that's for you Pastor Darin :-) I am among you as one who serves."
    In following after Christ we should not be desiring to be served, but serving others in selflessness as Jesus did while He was on earth. I think that when we do love Jesus with everything that an outpour to serve others should be apparent, and I think that is a neccessary part of what the Body Of Christ is all about. So also in accesing how a church is doing, think about this... how much are we making programs and bible studies to meet our own needs, and how much time are we using in service of ministering to the needs of others???
    just some thoughts! miss you all and I can't wait to come home. Hope everything is going well back in NH :-)

    By amanda, at 3/12/2006 2:40 PM  

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