Something Greater

Have you ever wondered how America’s democracy went from the responsibility of good citizenship to “I have my rights, you know!” Immigrants quickly learn the lesson of America — If it’s there to be grabbed, grab it! If you don’t get it, sue them for everything they have!
As my granddad used to say, “Privilege equals responsibility.” American freedom must surely be about more than “What’s in it for me”! As Margaret Thatcher once observed, “There is little hope for democracy if the hearts of men and women cannot be touched by something greater than themselves.”
The Lord’s church, too, is about more than what we can get out of it. Anyone demanding “fulfillment,” or “entertainment,” “a good self image” or “financial security” from church attendance has missed the point.
The church, and the Lord Jesus, offer salvation. That other blessings occur when we serve Christ is nothing but more evidence of his grace!
So lest we forget. Church is not about how we are served, it is how we serve. It’s not about our fulfillment, it’s about God’s glory. It’s not about what pleases us, but what pleases God. It’s about something, and someone, greater than us.
“Therefore since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear, for our God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:28,29).

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Stan Mitchell

Stan has preached since 1976, in Zimbabwe, California, Texas and Tennessee. He serves as preacher for the Red Walnut Church of Christ in Bath Springs, TN. He is currently Professor of Bible at Freed-Hardeman University. He is married to the former Marjorie McCarthy, and has one daughter, Tracy Watts. He is the author of four books: The Wise Get Wiser, the Foolish More Foolish: The Book of Proverbs, Give the Winds a Mighty Voice: Our Worship in Song, and Equipping the Saints for Ministry. He has recently published another book, "Will Our Faith Have Children: Developing Leadership in the Church for the Next Generation.

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