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Is Attending Serving


When it comes to church and church ministries, is attending, serving? I don’t think so.

When I go to a restaurant, I attend it as a paying customer. Unless the tea pitcher is close and the wait staff very busy and slow, I don’t get involved in serving. (In a desperate moment, I have been known to get the tea pitcher and serve myself and others.)

In this same thought line, attending worship, attending a Bible study, attending a meeting does not necessarily mean that we are serving. It may lead to service but just attending doesn’t count as service.

James seems to say that if we are paying attention to what we are attending, it will result in serving. Serving is the other side of the two-headed coin of learning and serving. Or in the Message, James uses the word act instead of serving in this passage.

James 1:22-24 (Message) says “Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like.”

Posted by Connie McNeill at 12:50 PM
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