Thursday, May 18, 2006

An Uncooperative Spirit

I really ticks me off that people in the church say they want to "serve the Lord" but then spend most of their time belly aching about the way that we "who direct the affairs of the assembly" (1 Tim 5.17) try to do our job. Now don't get me wrong- I have never claimed infallability- but I am available! Many of God's uncooperative kids don't care enough to make a call to tell you what they think. (Maybe they don't think!) But do you think that stops them from complaining? NO WAY! If you ask them to do the task they volunteered for when they signed on they look at you like your spitting when you talk! The real problem is they don't want to take orders from someone- well guess what?- everyone takes orders from somebody and these malcontents are no different from anyone else! If they would ask (but they don't) their questions could be answered and maybe they could learn how to Serve the Lord with Gladness! (Ps 100.2) Or maybe their suggestion would benefit the rest of the brethren in the church. But they would rather sit and stew in their own damned rebellion. (1 Sam 15.23) No wonder we are embarrassed when our friends visit the church and see the slip-shod manner in which some of these people serve Christ! The joy is gone, the ideas are half baked, thier giving is stingy, and whatever blessing God could give them for their sacrifice is discounted because there is no spirit of cooperation, instead- only foot draggers, tongue waggers and back stabbers.

If we want to make a difference we had better learn how to serve without complaint (Phil 2.14)


Jedi PJ said...

First of all let me say that was well put. Except for maybe the typo with the first word, but don’t you think that some of that criticisms comes from the way churches throw together these ridicules and halfhearted outreaches and events that are more an embarrassment to the church than any glory to God? Or when someone shows up to do something and no one is there to help or direct them, that makes their complaints valid does it not? How many times would you volunteer for something that is totally unorganized and keep going back? And why complain to the leadership if they set the standard? Wouldn’t you just stop shopping at the local Jewel if they treated you like you were not really the target or some kind of byproduct to their real task? Or would you set down with the store manager to comment about it? I think the church is to blame for weak volunteers and support.

PR said...

I'm in full agreement. The Fact of the matter is that people want the leaders to do everything while they sit back and do absolutely nothing and then complain when it's not how they think it should be. The fact of the matter is that the church has become a social bless me first club, who cares about nothing or no one but themselves.

WDJD said...

well young jedi, i think we are missing the big picture here. the topic at hand is serventhood in the church, not half-baked ministries, don't even get me started on that topic. it appears that the church today does not know the meaning of being a true servent for JESUS, it has become a place where we pull JESUS of the shelf and put HIM back when where done with HIM. it makes me sick to my guts when i hear people tell me they where never discipled when they don't even know what it means to be a disciple. people have this misconception of thinking that discple means student when it actually means follower. many people claim that they want to do some great thing, something immediately visible, appreciated, and recognized. they want to start up at the top with a title and a position but they don't have a desire to serve or follow anyones agenda but their own. they want to preach, or teach, or sing, or be up on center stage someplace without having to submit to any type of authority. yuke! I am puking just thinking about this!!! the bottom line is that we need to practice what the bible teach's us on the topic of what i like to call "one-anothering" i can go on and on and on about the lack of serventhood, or the fact that the church has a bunch of complainers, as well as the lack of unity, but in reality it seems that they do not take GOD'S WORD serious and take it for what it is GOD'S WORD!!! here is what i am talking about "one-anothering
1. John 13:34
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
2. John 13:35
By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."
3. Romans 12:10
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.
4. Romans 12:16
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
5. Romans 13:8
Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.
6. Romans 15:7
Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.
7. Romans 15:14
I myself am convinced, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, complete in knowledge and competent to instruct one another.
8. 1 Corinthians 1:10
I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.
9. Galatians 5:13
You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature ; rather, serve one another in love
10. Ephesians 4:2
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
Ephesians 4:32
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
11. Ephesians 5:19
Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord,
12. Ephesians 5:21
Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
13. Colossians 3:13
Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. forgive as the Lord forgave you.
14. Colossians 3:16
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.
15. 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
16. Titus 3:3
At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.
17. Hebrews 3:13
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness.
18. Hebrews 10:24
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.
19. Hebrews 10:25
Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
20. James 4:11
Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it.
21. 1 Peter 1:22
Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart.
22. 1 Peter 3:8
[ Suffering for Doing Good ] Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.
23. 1 Peter 4:9
Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.
24. 1 Peter 5:5
Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."
25. 1 Peter 5:14
Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace to all of you who are in Christ.
26. 1 John 1:7
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
27. 1 John 3:11
[ Love one another ] This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.
28. 1 John 3:23
And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.
29. 1 John 4:7
[ God's Love and Ours ] Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
30. 1 John 4:11
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
31. 1 John 4:12
No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
32. 2 John 1:5
And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another.

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