Wrong question: what really matters?
Right question: who really matters?
Perspective means a lot. Margaret Feinberg made a huge comment to our leadership team at lunch yesterday. She essentially said that "when people become spectators that they stop living out their faith." Leif, her awesome Alaskan husband, continued with "you have the responsibility to help people connect and serve and not be spectators." That's good.
We are gearing up for our 30 Days to Live series that begins this coming weekend. What I long for, am pushing for and talking about is that we need to have our eyes open for lost people. Praying for lost people. Inviting lost people. Praying for lost people (yep, I already said that 'cause it is important). Engaging lost people in conversations and remembering that Jesus came to "seek and save those who are lost" (see Luke 19:10)
Be careful. When God's people take themselves out of really living, we tend to become spectators and to get negative. But when God's people remember why we are here and live like why we are here, we will see life change. That is lives changed. I long for more and more of that.
Look around you. Who really matters? Do I have a relative who is lost and that I need to pray for and invite to church? Do I have a co-worker or someone in my class that needs Jesus? Look around you.
Philippians 2:4 (nasb) --- do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.
What keeps people positive? What makes us make a difference? What keeps us from being selfish? It is taking a good look at our God and His call on our lives.
Matthew 6:20 (nasb) --- Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.
Now you have to ask what treasure is? I close with a couple thoughts that God places in my head from time to time (OK, often):
(1) God treasures people. Do I really care about people? Who am I engaging in conversation about what I treasure?
(2) The church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints. How am I helping to care for hurting people?