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What it means to be the people of God

August 14, 2012

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

Matthew 5:14-16

When I first became the pastor at the church where I am today, one of the local newspapers wrote an article about the church. And in the article, they described our church using the word, “posh.” Frankly, it made my skin crawl. What a travesty for a church to be known for its social status over and above its witness for Christ!

From that point forward, we made a commitment to put our arms around our city and make a real difference for Jesus Christ. We want to show God’s love and grace around every man, woman, boy, and girl that we can, because that’s the kind of church God calls us to be!

Frankly, I’m tired of “posh” Christianity. The church was never founded to be a place for just the wealthy, the affluent, and those who have it all together. No, the church is for the downtrodden, the hurting, and those whose lives are falling apart.

As Christians, this must be how we see ourselves in the world. We have to reach the least of these and invite all people to become partakers of the grace of God. So be the salt and light God has called you to be by deciding daily to engage the hurting and the broken with the life-giving message of the Gospel!


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