i've heard a couple of people talking about "the church" of late.
how the vague "they" are not loving ... how "they" are not inclusive ... how "they" do not extend the hand of Christ enough ... how "they" were rude ... how "they" did not say hello to me .... usually there is a specific person or persons in mind, but that specific person or persons remain unnamed.
this is not being critical of my friends. I understand their concern and frustration, but, i find it interesting because suddenly i realized how much *i* used to say this. as i type, i have the picture of the faces of many "theys" over the years. and i remember the pain.
but ... who is the church? what is the church? is it not me? is it not you?
i saw the hipocrisy ... i saw the division ... i saw the pain ... but i did not see myself. i was right in there with "them". when i went to church, i was only interested in how people treated *me*. or i saw how "they" treated others ... somehow "they" did not have to include "me".
see what i mean?
then i asked the Lord. what? what is going on? why will "they" not change? how can i make "them" change? throw a bomb in the church service will you Lord and stir "them" up???!!!!
you know what He did?
He stirred *me* up.
He called *me* to bring unity. He called *me*" to do the things that "they" had not been doing. He called *me* out of the world and a high paying job. He brought *me* to Bible College and anointed me to get a doctorate. He yanked on *my* chain to show *me* the new person in the pew who needed some love and attention. He took *my* time and *my* income to minister to provide professional counselling at a drastically reduced cost. He gave *me* the anointing to provide incredible healing to these precious people in record time.
*HE* did the work. It's His job anyway.