She looked like your average elderly church lady–until I heard her speak. We were gathered in a small group church-planting meeting, sharing our concerns and fears about this new church we were planting. She shared that the worship music was something she had been a little apprehensive about. Church-plants, especially in more urban areas, are known for doing things differently—including music. So what did this elderly church lady do? She started listening to the local Christian radio station so she could “start getting used to it.” She discovered that although some of it was a little louder than she liked, she could really appreciate the words of the songs. Because of the lyrics, she could tell that these people (the singers) loved God just as much as she did, and were trying to share Him with others. So she was ok with it, and wouldn’t let it stop her from being a part of whatever God is doing with this church plant.
This woman’s attitude touched me deeply. For the sake of others, she was willing to be uncomfortable. She was willing to let go of her own way of doing things, her own preferences (even when people wouldn’t really blame her)—so she could be a part of sharing Jesus with others. What an example of a heart of service: for the sake of others, and for the sake of the cross.
I’m not here to draw lines on what “real” issues are or are not, and they definitely look different around the globe. But I do want to challenge you to take another look at the issues you face, the challenging people in your life. What would the attitude of Christ look like in your situation? Oh I know, it seems impossible. But they can’t get away with…Someone needs to tell them…I just can’t…And it may all be true. But what would the attitude of Christ look like? And do you want Him to help you have that attitude? Because if you do, He will be happy to help you.
“You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.” Phil. 2:5, 6 (NLT)
Twice a month, we email a short devotional to our long-term volunteers. This devotional was sent February 10, 2014.