Church Should Be Like A Hospital!

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It’s interesting that Christians, who should know better, who only think of church from the perspective of; what’s in it for me? Especially those “Christians” who consider themselves “mature” ought to know WE ARE BLESSED TO BE A BLESSING. I am reminded of the great reality found in the Gospel of Luke:

Luke 12:48 “When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.” -NLT

I also think of the famous words, “ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country” and how if you change just a few words it applies to church; “ask not what your church can do for you, but ask what you can do for your church”.

I am not sure just where the issue comes from; is it our consumer culture that has messed us up to think church is about “getting” something, rather then “giving” something. Is it because most churches exist FOR the Christian, rather than FOR the lost person? Almost like church has become a gathering place for Christians, rather then a hospital for the hurting?

I see church being a lot like a hospital; a place where the doctors, nurses and staff are the Christians serving and helping to heal, feed, love, and serve the patients… rather then a Doctor/Nurse convention. There are far too many churches who function a lot like a Doctors Convention.

Now, don’t misunderstand me here! Church should “give” you opportunity to use your gifts to serve others, and “give” you opportunity to reach people for Christ, and “give” you challenging life-applicable biblical teaching to encourage you to live a godly life, and “equip” you for kingdom stuff.

Ephesians 4:11-12 “Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.” –NLT

I know you want to be a self-less person who lives their life to serve God by serving others and helping people find a meaningful life in God.

“When you die you will not be known for what you acquired for yourself, but you will be known, loved and admired for what you did for others” – Timmy Gibson

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3 thoughts on “Church Should Be Like A Hospital!

  1. While I am no longer a Christian, I would still like to thank you for your thoughtful post. I do think that the “mask” worn by many Christians to church, really does Christianity a disservice. When I was a Christian and active in the Church, it was disheartening that a few people were doing the majority of the work.
    Regards.

  2. I love the questions you bring up up in your posting and you make some really good points. Being a bit of a contemplative myself, I too have questioned just what the nature and drive of Consumeristic Christianity is.

    Like you point out, a great deal is no doubt related to the individual’s world views and what their “church” expectations are. I can’t help though but also wonder if the traditional nature of “Church” (notice the Capital C) itself simply gives the picture of a “place” to worship at the exclussion of any sense towards Mission and/or Discipleship.

    Anyways, great posting!!! Thanks.

  3. “I see church being a lot like a hospital; a place where the doctors, nurses and staff are the Christians serving and helping to heal, feed, love, and serve the patients… rather than a Doctor/Nurse convention.”

    Excellent point. The analogy of being set free from prison, never to return to help the other prisoners, reverberates here, too. We must not be inward-focused, individually or in the Church at large. We as believers have set out upon a Journey in which we will constantly need the help of God and others while we ourselves purpose to help those around us.

    Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
    Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
    2 Corinthians 1:3-4

    Thanks for your insightful post!

    Your Friends ta Nameless, Faceless Love

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