There’s a TV show my family enjoys watching: The Amazing Race. It’s over now, but it’s exciting to watch these 2-person teams race around the world. Of course, when it just starts getting good and the pace begins to peak, they cut to commercial. That’s when it’s a good time to get some snacks. Because, as Bethany says (who’s only 5), “they just want you to buy stuff!”
Yep. They just want you to buy stuff. Those pesky advertisers, breeding discontent. Whatever you have, it’s not “shiny” enough.
Now I’m flesh and blood just like you and there are things a person needs to survive. There are wants that can be met too. Of course we can make those wants feel like needs by coveting. We need the Lord’s protection to guard against that. And unfortunately, things break too often in our disposable society. But our relationships with one another and our Lord can’t just be thrown away when they get a little dinged up.
It may seem easy to give up on things, people, and places when they disappoint us. But God doesn’t. And neither should we.
We have a wonderful, loving, friendly, active, purposeful church. Notice I didn’t say perfect. We have flaws. We have quirks that rub the wrong way. We have histories that cause us to bump into each other. But we also have a loving Father who is patient with us. He has plan for us. And working out His plan will take each one of us.
“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.” (Galatians 6:9–10 NLT)
Let us not be simply consumers of church but be consumed: consumed by our Father’s love and committed to the plan He has for for us, consumed by our Savior’s example for life, consumed by the Spirit and living in His power.