Today’s article is really not a rant about what’s wrong with the church, but a far more important thought. What’s the matter with you? Or me. What is the driving force in my life, or yours? After his horrible experience in Hitler’s concentration camp, where his wife perished, Viktor Frankel wrote a book which should be required reading for all serious Christians, though Viktor was not a believer at all. His book, Man’s Search for Meaning, was a classic in its time and is still at the top of truly great books on the human condition. The theme of the book was simple: Man can never find true meaning in life until he learns to care about others and do what he can to alleviate their load.
Many of the articles on reaching more people for church members are wrapped around the idea projecting a comfortable atmosphere, lite sermons that help folks to feel better about themselves, and above all, teach them that they have a right to prosperity. Very little is said about actual service in the name of Christ. The old time biblical message of forsaking all and following Christ is lost in the foggy memory of yesterday.
Frankel, a Jew who became agnostic, knew that a life lived for self was a waste and would leave the ones who lived with the philosophy doomed to misery. How about you?
Luke 9:23 “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”
Now you know what Jesus said about this issue.
Copyright © 2014 Larry Lilly
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