I am worried that I have completely missed the point.
Being more worried about how many people are following me… than the one I am called to follow.
Being more concerned with looking good… than doing good, than actually being good.
Putting more effort into the contents of my bank account… than the contents of my heart.
More interested in making people like me… than making disciples.
And, frankly, I am sick of it. I am sick of being so selfish. And what’s even more disturbing that I don’t seem to be alone. This idea of success has seeped into the whole culture of the church.
And no where is this more obvious than in the bizarre world of blogging.
A world of perfect hair and perfect teeth and selling your soul for an extra like; spending our days sat in comfortable homes writing words of “encouragement” instead of getting out there and helping the poor and needy.
Blogging is a nice thing, but maybe, for some of us, it’s the easy option. The safest option, that avoids any real connection, or any real risk.
Blogging is a good thing. It helps me organise my thoughts, and I know it helps other people on some level. But lets not let this, or anything else get in the way of the real Christian work.
The Christian life involves actually getting out there and getting your hands dirty and helping people in the worst kind of need. It involves real community and a shed load of the hard kind of love. It means you will often get hurt. It is not the easy road. But it is the road that we need to take.
When we take this steep and stony road, which probably involves a few dark valleys or, even worse, rickety rope bridges across those dark valleys; a lot of mud and dirt and hurt, but the road that has the most beautiful views. This is the place where we meet Jesus. This is the place where we find adventure.
For many people reading this there might be other good things getting in the way of great things. Maybe the pursuit of education and knowledge; a good career; the idea of the perfect family or the perfect marriage, no matter what the cost.
While, like blogging, these can all be great things, they can become a hinderance if we do not keep them in check. If we do not look beyond our own lives and towards the rugged cross. After all, Jesus didn’t die so we could have a nice comfortable life, he died so that we could have a relationship with him. He calls us to a life of risk and discomfort, but the only kind of life that is really worth living.
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Great article Alice. There are many ways to minister, blogging is just one. One that can reach worldwide and have a continuing affect through the life of the one that was touched by reading the words we typed.
Though I blog, I want to also minister in person to small groups and one on one. For me, it’s always about the one; however that may look.
We have to be careful not to box ourselves into the thought that ministry can only be done one way, and that we as individuals have to do each and every way. Do what the Lord has placed in our hands to do, and do it for His glory.
Think all that was meant for me!!
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Oh I was so taking to myself with this one… Blogging can have such a great impact, but I know that I need to check my heart with it as well, especially when I find myself checking how many page views I have obsessively!
Totally understood where you were going with it, but your right we need to check our hearts and motives and that goes for all in ministry.
Happy St. David’s Day my friend.
“Good things getting in the way of great things.” I needed that reminder right now. Thank you for sharing and for being willing to be exposed in your words!
I love the Great Commission!