Cream of chicken soup is just about my favorite thing on a cold day. Have you ever noticed what happens when you leave a pot of soup on the burner and forget to stir it? A skim coating develops on top, the soup gets a bad taste, and the good stuff ends up burning on the bottom.
If the pot isn’t stirred on a regular basis it is difficult to get the soup back to the right consistency. Sometimes it is ruined, and the pot has to be scrubbed to get rid of the mess. I speak from experience. Sometimes I don’t stir the Holy Spirit in my body enough either, and the outward appearance ends up like the soup I my pot: thick coating, bad taste, good stuff settling on the bottom.
When reading the Bible I find that Jesus was constantly stirring the pot. He associated with tax collectors, prostitutes, lepers, and adulterers. He constantly talked about the actions of the Pharisees and Sadducee. He preached on the Sabbath and tailored his stories to make the most impact on each particular type of audience. His good stuff didn’t settle on the bottom and burn.
There was some discussion the other night about what ‘church’ is. Some people thought of ‘church’ as a building or institution where Christians meet. To me, church is the Holy Spirit working within me, and how I choose to live reflects the Holy Spirit’s results.
One question we discussed was: What do think ‘church’ should be? I want ‘church’, or the reflection of the Holy Spirit working within me, to be vibrant and exciting. I want to be alive with a love for God and a love for all of his people. I want the good stuff swirling around so people can see it.
The second question we discussed was: How can you make your vision of ‘church’ happen? I want to use the talents God has given me to present Christ’s message of LOVE and HOPE in as many different forms as I can to all different types of people. I hope my enthusiasm is contagious. When trying something new I try to remember that God doesn’t call the qualified; He qualifies the called.
We all get tired of food presented the same old way and are always searching out new restaurants with different menus. Why do we insist that Christ’s message always be presented in the same old way? Doing the same things in a different way can be exciting; it can keep the spirit alive and our attitudes fresh.
Are you stuck in ‘the same old way’? Do you resent new ideas and people that are a little different? Is your pot in need of a good stirring?