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Everywhere you look, there’s another advertisement. Each one designed with one overarching message – You are a consumer, we have a product, you should buy our product. The vast majority of these advertisements will do their very best to convince you your life will be better as a result of owning this product. You’ll be happier. More content. More fulfilled.
Unfortunately, this may lead people to give into the temptation to see ourselves primarily as consumers. Not just at home. Not just at work. But also in a local church. This can lead to an unhealthy mindset: My church exists to benefit my needs and desires.
Those who see the church with a consumer mindset may have the temptation to examine a church by what’s in it for them. For example, how many bible studies are available? How many resources are available? How many classrooms are available? How many ________ are available? And while it’s true that a local church does exist to benefit the needs of the people, this isn’t its sole purpose. As you read today, consider this: What is the primary purpose of a local church?
READING & JOURNALING:
What is the primary purpose of a local church?
Heavenly Father, today I’m grateful for the remainder that I’m not just a consumer in my local church. While there are ministries, sermons, bible studies, and other aspects that do equip me and help me in my growth, I also have something to contribute. This week, help me grow in my understanding as to what this means and how I can more freely offer my services and gifts to my church. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.