Tune-up or Build-up?
I listened to a popular pastor on the radio today. He said, "The reason you attend church is for a tune-up. You need a front end alignment.” He is partially right, but I wish he would have taken his statement further. His context made it sound like we attend church for an emotional boost. That’s a self-centered reason to come to church.
Pastors are certainly called to “equip” the saints for the work of the ministry (Ephesians 4:12). The word equip, or equipping is katartismos, and it can mean the “setting of a bone.” Why would we need a bone set?
When we are outside the walls of our church fellowship, sharing our faith, our spiritual bones can get broken. Someone might hurl an insult, or we might not have an answer to someone’s question. In that sense we come in for a tune-up, but it is all in light of being Ambassadors for Jesus Christ.
It is not about our feelings, but how we can better be equipped to share Christ more clearly the next time. The Ephesians verse goes on to say for the “edifying of the body of Christ.” To edify is to build up. Persecution builds up a church too.
A true tune-up, if that is what one cares to call it comes from sharing our faith, and from ensuing persecution. I prefer to call it a building up.
Do you want your spiritual engine to run better? Then try a dose of suffering for Jesus Christ. Have someone challenge your faith; Or maybe even punch you in the face for believing in Jesus. That will drive you back to the Word of God and total dependence on Him.
If the only reason a person attends church is for an emotional tuneup, they are coming for the wrong reason. This kind of "me" teaching is prevalent in churches across America and it is why we are weak and lazy.
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