Posted: 07 Apr 2013 03:44 AM PDT
Posted: 07 Apr 2013 01:04 AM PDT
Do you know the difference between a bib and an apron?
Today you will.
I've been attending church on a regular basis for so many years and it is always an interesting thing for me to see the dynamics behind people who do the same.
From an unknown author comes this interesting piece of observation.
Jesus says" “For even I, the Son of Man, came here not to be served but to serve others, and to give my life as a ransom for many.” – Matthew 20:28 The author says: "I recently visited a fast-growing church in Minnesota to learn from their staff. It was a privilege to witness their passion for doing high quality ministry in Jesus’ name. I left with some new insights and renewed passion for the Gospel.
One of the phrases that I heard while I was there was, “We want our members to wear aprons, not bibs.” Here’s what they meant:
Bibs are for people who only want to be fed.
Aprons are for those who have a heart to serve others in Jesus’ name.
Church growth consultant, Win Arn, interviewed thousands of Christians in America several years ago and asked them, what they thought the church existed for. Eighty-eight percent said, “The church exists to serve my needs and the needs of my family.” In other words, 88% of Christians in America are still wearing bibs.
On the night when he was betrayed, just hours before he was crucified, the very Son of God took off his outer garments, wrapped a towel around his waist, and washed his disciples’ feet. When he was done he said, “I have just given you an example to follow.” In other words, Jesus called his disciples to wear aprons, not bibs.
In Matthew, Jesus is recorded as saying, “For even I, the Son of Man, came here not to be served but to serve others, and to give my life as a ransom for many.” He also said, “If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give it up for me, you will find it.”
Jesus calls us to wear aprons, not bibs. Which are you wearing?
Bringing It Home:
1. How would you answer the question, “Why does the church exist?” Does your answer reflect your bib or your apron?
2. How can you help others in your Christian community to trade their bib for an apron?
3. If you’re not already serving in a ministry in your church, make a commitment to begin this month.
This should be our prayer: “Lord Jesus, thank you for feeding me daily with your word. Fill me with your redeeming love. Open my eyes to clearly see the needs of those around me, and then open my hands to serve them. Each day, strengthen me with your Spirit, so that I might choose to wear an apron, not a bib. This I pray in your name. Amen.”
You know what?
The author is right whoever he or she is.
The question we now have to ask ourselves is: What are we wearing?"
Posted: 06 Apr 2013 04:30 PM PDT
I can most certainly identify with this quote from Winston Churchill when he said: “My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.” Yesterday was the Ilocana’s birthday, no celebration and no fanfare but she just accompanied me through my speaking and other engagements. I am of all man most blessed!
Posted: 06 Apr 2013 04:29 PM PDT
I can most certainly identify with this quote from Winston Churchill when he said: “My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.” Yesterday was the Ilocana’s birthday, no celebration and no fanfare but she just accompanies me through my speaking and other engagements. I am of all man most blessed!
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