When we refer to something that is “ours” alone we usually use the terms “my” or “mine”. As in “that car is mine”, “they are my kids”, “get off my lawn” and “that is my favorite ______”. God’s church is a gift that is uniquely “ours”.
As your pastor I want this to be your church. This should be a gathering where you experience growth, community, and blessing. My hope is that your spiritual needs are met amongst this body of believers in Jesus Christ.
When we look outside our own wants and desires we see the vision for this fellowship more clearly. The person at the end of your pew or next to your name in the directory has struggles and needs too. Jesus encourages us to put others’ needs above our own. Shifting our attention off of ourselves means that there is now a new center of gravity to our universe. Existence does not revolve around us anymore. Our perspective expands and we see ourselves as part of something bigger and better.
In our study of the Holy Spirit in recent weeks we may have noticed that the Holy Spirit was not sent to do all the work of advancing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Because of God’s grace, you and I are invited to play our part. We will never find a better ally, companion, or friend. The Holy Spirit and YOU is a unique force only rivaled by the Holy Spirit and US in the advancement of God’s kingdom on this earth.
There are many to learn from here at SCBC. I witness the genuine care that folks have for one another. These same individuals have their own struggles! At some point they have stopped being consumers of ministry and have decided to be ministers themselves! Does this describe you?
One person was not given the responsibility of bringing the life-saving message of the Gospel to the ends of the earth. We are all to share in this charge together. Administering God’s love and care is also our responsibility. We are called “co-heirs with Christ” in the kingdom that is here now and yet to come. Let us be co-laborers as well as co-owners of our responsibilities to one another in the meantime.