I was a sheltered kid. I admit it.
The 10 years between my little brother and I meant we really grew up like only children. Get good grades. Practice the piano. Invest in our local church. Those were my responsibilities. And I was good at them.
So when my wife and I first got married, my 21 year old resume of domestic experience was extremely limited (as in missing). Not only did I not do anything about the piles of laundry on the family room floor, I literally didn’t even see them.
You mean your underwear drawer doesn’t just magically refill itself? Does the federal government know about this?
I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I had never learned to take responsibility for these things. Can’t blame mom (because she reads these posts). I was just oblivious.
And that’s the way a lot of us treat church. Yep, I’m connecting these dots.
Every week we sit by, talk to, smile at, sing with, even volunteer alongside people. Lots of them.
But it’s safe to say very few of us ever look around the auditorium and think, “hmmmmm, I should take responsibility for that guy. Maybe I should personally invest in helping him develop his connection to God. What do I have to offer?”
(so yes, in this analogy the people are like the underwear…roll with me)
Nope. We may consider things like, “Hey, I should get him in that class.” Or “I should introduce them to the pastor.” Or “I should give her a copy of that book.” (Or most likely, “where should we go for lunch today?”).
And just like me, we step over the pile of unfolded laundry and find our spot on the comfy couch to watch the ballgame.
Because it’s never been our responsibility, we literally don’t even see it.
But what if I told you one of the best ways to grow your own relationship with God is to take personal responsibility for helping someone else grow theirs?
What if we stopped waiting for a better class, a better book, or a better sermon, rolled up our sleeves, and got personally involved in someone else’s life?
What if we stopped waiting for “mom” to take care of the piles of unfolded laundry all around us?
What if we started being the church to one another?
Listen to the latest City Community Church message on the subject:
The Story of Two: You Feed Them