Posted: Thursday, February 17, 2011 1:02 pm
The Messenger, February 17, 2011
By members of Obion County Ministerial Association
Jesus once said, “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave — just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:26-28
This doesn’t at all sound like what the world says to us today. A psychologist in a recent interview was discussing a survey she had made of the beliefs and attitudes of some college-age people. She was amazed to report that all of them wanted greatness, or at least satisfaction, from life, yet few of them understood that in terms of serving others. “They are a generation accustomed to being served, not serving,” she concluded.
Sometimes that is an attitude of those in the church. We see ourselves as modern day consumers. We must work to break this bondage of consumerism within the church.
Some in the church say, “We give our money and expect to have service.”
Because we are church members or attend church regularly, we feel we are entitled to being served. The church is not a place of entitlement. Jesus says we are to serve. Our reason for gathering together as the Body of Christ is — to praise our Lord and to be in His service. Something to think about!
The Rev. Stan Waldon
Union City First United Methodist Church
420 East Main St.