I'M GOING TO STOP GOING TO CHURCH TO SEE IF THE PASTOR CALLS ME AND IF HE REALLY CARES ABOUT ME..."
Many Christians in their immaturity make this type of "test" to their pastors and churches.
For many, the Church and pastoral work is about making them feel good about themselves and having a "babysitter" who consents to them, who will be attentive and aware of them 24 hours a day. They have not understood the purpose of the Church!
The Church is not about being treated well or taken care of, it is about teaching me to live according to the teachings of Jesus, the Church is not the shepherd, the Church is me!
It's not about seeing what others do for me or who is interested in me, it's about training me so that I can witness what CHRIST HAS DONE IN ME.
By wanting to put this type of "tests" or trials to the Church or to the pastors, to stay away until they come looking for me, or to stop participating until the pastor comes to visit me, only reflects immaturity in the Christian and endangers their spiritual growth and unfortunately that of their families, since by playing their "games" they deprive their children of the spiritual environment of the Church that will help them to be prepared for the time of tribulation.
When talking about participating in communion, Paul says in 1 Corinthians 11:28, "Therefore, let each one taste himself, and eat so much of bread, and drink from the cup."
He doesn't say that you test the pastor or the leaders, but yourself.
The Church will pray for me, but I have to be present!
The pastor will be able to advise me, but I have to be present!
The brothers will fellowship with me, but I have to be present!
The Church will support me when I need it, but I have to be present!
Get involved, participate, communicate, get together, you are the Church, don't wait for someone to come and bring you by the hand!
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