As a child I sang in the children’s choir. One of the songs was titled “Get out beyond the Stained Glass Window.” That song stuck with me and it made me look around. At the time, church was a duty. That song began my awakening to God, Jesus and what church was supposed to be.
Who are We? We are the Body of Christ. As such, we do His work. Just as our brain tells our body what to do and how to do it, Christ tells us and we are to do it. That’s what it means to be a Christian.
Why Called? Good question, why are we called and what are we called to do? Are we called to sit in a pew, listen to a sermon, sing a few songs and then go on about our lives? I don’t think so. I think that is to give us the spiritual food we need to act as we are called to do. It’s why communion is so important. We are called to go out and help those who need help.
This doesn’t mean preach. There are plenty of preachers. We’re called to work. Think about what Jesus says the sheep will be told. “I was hungry and thirsty.” There are a lot of people out there who don’t have enough to eat. Feed them. “I was naked.” While we don’t see a lot of naked people in the U.S., there are people who do need clothing. Clothe them. Find out what people *need* and provide it.
How do we do that? This may be the tricky part. While we do have, at least in our area, homeless who stand with cardboard signs asking for money, many of those in need don’t advertise that fact. That means we have to go to them and find out what they need. Look around. Do you see someone whose lawn needs mowing? Chances are good they can’t do it themselves or it would be done. Chances are also good they can’t hire it done.
Listen when your neighbors talk. They may be worried about something that you can help with. Instead of planning out what to say next, think about what they are saying now. Can you help? If not, do you know someone who can?
Give God the Glory: After we do something meaningful for another, it’s really easy to get a bit puffed up. “Look what I did; wasn’t I a good Christian?” If you do that, you’ve taken the glory away from God. Put it where it belongs.
Lest you think I am preaching from a superior standpoint, I’m not. I have done my share of staying safely behind the stained glass windows. I’ve done my share of “hey, aren’t I great, look what I just did!” I can and have “one-upped” the problem discussion. I’m learning not to do those things and sharing my journey with you.