If I asked you the purpose of the church, you may be surprised to find the mission of the church, as the Bride of Christ, is to carry forward the mission of Jesus in the current world as Jesus would desire. Matt 28:19-20, “Go and make disciple of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
Many would not argue with that but many would measure the health of the church by some other means. Constantly, we are faced with those who are critical and not working the mission of the church at all. They neither share their faith nor are they interested in bringing others to an organization of which they are not proud. The troubling trend, then, is a critical spirit. What is encouraging is when we are faithful to the mission of the church. We talk positively about the faith family and realize the Kingdom of God is bigger than outward appearance. It is the transformative investment of God’s people in each other for God’s sake. It is a mission we are carrying for God. If you are engaged in the work for the Lord’s sake then you will be lifting up His kingdom and mission along with your mission partners.
How hard is it to speak positively of others when they are your partners in ministry? If you are critical it means you are comparing yourself to them. This isn’t good. If you are positive it probably means you realize those on the journey of faith with you are God’s servants. God’s servants aren’t perfect but they are forgiven and can be faithful. They deserve your support and encouragement.
So let us all share in the great commission; love one another, make disciples, baptize new believers, be devoted to one another in brotherly love, and renew yourselves by transforming your minds in Christ. Build up the work of God in your neighbors. Now that’s a healthy church!
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