When your pastor is so “passionate” about serving and outreach, and your church always has these events, but your pastor is nowhere to be found …
And He said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called ‘benefactors.’ But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves. For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves.” (Luke 22:25-27 NKJV)
How many pastors are right there with you, serving? Why have we allowed men to be exalted to a place of worldly celebrity to where all they do is stand at the pulpit once or twice a week, but never serve alongside us?
Many pastors seem to have time to visit other church buildings and conferences where they stand up and speak, but they don’t have time to join their church when they feed the homeless or hand out bibles to urban neighborhoods.
The whole picture of what Christ taught and how our leaders are supposed to be has been flipped. We mimic the world system, propping men up on a stage whom we find attractive and entertaining and watch them speak, but never ask why they don’t serve the people as Christ commanded.
He said the greatest shall be the least and as he who serves, but sadly, many church leaders (especially in my generation) are exalted to a place of celebrity where they show up and look good, but don’t sweat and get dirty doing practical acts of service for the community they claim to love so much.
What’s happened to Christ’s standard? So much of what He taught and how He was while on this earth has been chucked to the side and reinvented.
Cool, sleek, politically-correct, tolerant, shallow, materialistic; Christ was none of these things. Yet we have helped men get to the top who are all of things and sometimes worse.
And then the whole church culture starts imitating these men; dressing, talking, and acting like them, and their faith is shallow and more like a religious routine rather than a powerful, life-transforming relationship with God through His Son that causes us to look and act radically different from who we once were.
Many haven’t radically changed because they likely haven’t truly engaged and pursued the Messiah.
Paul was a blaspheming, Christ-hating, violent man who ended up dying and suffering for Christ and loving the saints so ardently, he’d travel all around the world to visit them, to bring them money, to encourage them and pray for them.
Christ doesn’t just clean up some outward things and that’s all. He does a complete renovation of the heart. You are utterly transformed.
You may lose friends and the support of your family.
People won’t like you. In fact, some will truly hate you.
But you’ll love them anyway and praise God you were counted worthy to suffer persecution for His sake, knowing He promised those who are treated badly for their faith have His glory resting upon them.
You care for those you didn’t care about before.
You are passionate about preaching the gospel because you know people are going to hell for their unrepentant sins and only Christ can save them from that place by His sacrifice and resurrection from the dead.
You desperately want people to know Him because He’s amazing and will heal them like He healed you.
Everything that used to be first in your life; your career, money, relationships, none of that matters. That’s all after Christ now.
But if you haven’t been transformed, how can the power of Christ live in you?
He doesn’t tweak things about your life, He does an entire surgery.
If you love what the world loves: fashion, cars, tattoos, celebrity gossip, sexual immorality, man’s approval, how can the love of the father be in you?
“Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”-1 John 2:15
I pray you step away from the religious, unfruitful, powerless celebrity culture that has pervaded the church and truly seek Christ with all your heart, mind, soul and strength.