“Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder.” Romans 12:11-12 MSG
I speak with pastors from across the country. Some are former seminary classmates. All are men and women whose insight and perspective I respect and value. These people consistently state that the American church suffers from an unprecedented apathy that is directly linked to our consumeristic approach to church involvement.
Believers in other parts of the the world expectantly engage with their church family. They travel great distance on foot to gather with brothers and sisters, anticipating a move of the Holy Spirit. They invest hours in prayer for the persecuted, knowing their intercession strengthens and empowers those who face death for their faith. They hang on every word of Scripture as if it the Bible was addressed to them specifically.
They ask, “Lord, what can I be for you?” rather than “What’s in it for me?”
They are sincerely thankful for those with whom they worship and serve.
They strive for reconciliation rather than end relationships when offended.
They care for the needs of complete strangers and not just their closest friends.