Some of us believe that if we are busy in the church, doing God’s work, we are being “good” Christians.  But most of us are so heavenly minded, that we’re no earthly good!  Jesus said, “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel” …not stay within the four walls of the church and preach to each other!

We may hold a position, or title that makes us feel important, but the guy sitting in the pew next to us may be showing the love of God to the surrounding community more than those of us that hold titles.

It says in James 1:27 (NIV) “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

See…Jesus doesn’t care about titles, fund-raisers, conferences, and meetings-those are things that make US feel good about what we are doing for God; but God cares about what we are doing for those around us.  Are we showing the love of God?  Are we helping the destitute?  Are we feeding the hungry?  Are we showing kindness and compassion to those less fortunate than us?

I dare say the answer to most of those questions is, “No.”  God does not want lip service…He wants foot service, hand service, and most of all, heart service!

It says in Amos 5:21-24 (MSG) …and this is God Almighty talking… “I can’t stand your religious meetings.  I’m fed up with your conferences and conventions.  I want nothing to do with your religion projects, your pretentious slogans and goals.  I’m sick of your fund-raising schemes, your public relations and image making.  I’ve had all I can take of your noisy ego music.  When was the last time you sang to me?”

I ‘d say that just about sums it up!  God is saying He wants us to worship Him from our hearts!  Making a big show of your “worship” on Sunday morning isn’t going to cut it!  He wants you to worship Him all through the week…day by day…moment by moment when no one is looking, and that means helping those around you!

I have a plaque hanging in my home.  I inherited it from my dad.  It says this:

“Christ is the Head of this house,

The Unseen Host at every meal,

The Silent Listener to every conversation.”

There are times when I see it, and I have to hang my head in shame and ask for forgiveness for the things this Silent Listener heard me say!  Maybe I said it about my neighbor…or some murderer I saw on the news; or maybe a politician, but my heart wasn’t right when I said what I said.  Maybe they don’t KNOW Jesus in a personal way, so instead of judging, I need to share the Gospel.  If we’d all do that-the world would be a better place!

Go to church.  Serve God.  Do all you can to raise up the church.  ….But don’t just do things for Him on Sunday…do it all week-long!  Be the hands and feet of Jesus!



  1. I really appreciate this, Anita. Thanx. I got an article from Tom via email yesterday that promotes your same thesis here, pretty much, with some ideas about the church’s tendency to regard “the trappings” (my rephrasing) of church life (especially buildings, furniture, liturgical habits etc) as being the point of it all at the expense of claiming the world outside for Christ.

    You are not the only voice in this. And as I sit in church pews each Sunday, I sense strongly that the issues you (and others) are working to bring into focus are very important. But when I sleep on the lot out back of the church where I attend on a Friday night in the cold and dark and look at those locked doors from the moccasins of a homeless person, I sense it all the more powerfully.

    And when after weeks have subsequently passed and no shepherds show any sign of having noticed, I really wonder what agenda they are pursuing.

    I do not want to condemn these shepherds at all. I want to help them focus on this “area” (if I can reduce it to that) that seems to shamefully go neglected. After all, as your post so aptly points out… THIS IS RELIGION. That other stuff, as important as it may be (and really is) is not RELIGION, not the pure religion that matters to God anyway. And that would seem to be significant…. NO?

    Basically, I comment here to say thanx, mostly, but also to encourage you to keep saying it. I sense that if feels like a lonely voice, but actually it is not. There are others saying it, and at least some listening too. And praying on it. And hopefully, moving our hands and feet to the work that your words help us focus the eyes or our hearts on.


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    1. Thanks for the encouragement X! I believe it to be an ongoing battle because most shepherds do not preach on this; most are only interested in a large attendance, TV shows, and the like. Nothing wrong with a big church or airing the service…but we need to reach out to the LOST-wherever they may be-uptown…or on skid row!

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