Reasonable service and the extra mile?

“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.”
(Romans 12:1 MESSAGE)

Recently I have become more and more convinced that the church in general has decided to hunker down.  Not all churches but a good majority.  Don’t get me wrong, there are all kinds of good things that the church needs to do to help and nurture it’s constiutency, or customer, or member or consumer, depending on the current churcheese.  The problem that I have seen happening for years is that for some reason churches seem to be about members and not about meeting needs.  They want to help their members, empower members, grow members.  I think that they forget that they are not supposed to grow a church.  When we look at Jesus and where he ministered the most, who he touched what he wanted, what he owned.  He was always reaching, always touching need, always offering grace and mercy and forgiveness.  Even when confronting religious leaders he did it out of a desire for them to realize what the truth was.  His anger was not born out of hatered or bitterness for the person but out of a need for humanity to understand that it’s not about an earthly kingdom, in fact I am beginning to belive that it’s not even about a Heavenly kingdom.  Think about it, Jesus came to earth he left heaven to reconcile humanity back to God.  It wasn’t so we could be in Heavan as much as it was so we could have the realationship that we were designed for. 

When he said he was coming back the disciples stood there.  Watching the sky, Jesus had to send some angels to tell them to stop staring at the sky and start doing what he told them to do.  So why is it that Christians in general seem to always struggle with staring at the sky. 

So much of the Bible is given to how to live a life that is pleasing to God here on earth.  One book in the new testament and one book in the old testament are given solely to talking about the end of it all,  there are mentions small ones in other books but I tend to think that those were not put in to make us preocupied with the end, they were put in to make us realize how much we need to work with God at helping his desire that none perish but all come to repentance.

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