Across The Preacher’s Desk: What Can I Do?

August 5, 2022 - Quite often, we don't feel like the church is what it ought to be. We just feel like the church doesn't quite measure up to its potential. In his inaugural address, January 20, 1961, John F. Kennedy made the now famous statement, "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." Warren G Harding said something similar at the Republican National Convention in Chicago in 1916. He said, "we must have a citizenship less concerned about what the government can do for it and more anxious about what it can do for the nation."

The challenge issued by these two presidents suggests a like principle which should guide the attitude of every Christian toward the church. We need to be less concerned about being served and more concerned about serving.

Perhaps we should ask not whether this is a good congregation to be a member of but am I a good member of the congregation. We should not ask how much am I loved, but rather how much love do I show to others.

It is not important how many get well cards I receive, but how many cards did I send to others. I must not ask who visited me but who have I taken the time to visit. The question is not whether I was remembered in prayer but did I faithfully remember others in my prayers. It is not how much did I get out of worship or bible class, but how much do I contribute toward making the worship and bible class meaningful for others. Ask not what the church can do for you, ask what you can do for the church.

It’s Something to think about…TBP

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