Monday, June 17, 2013

There's No Excuse

That's the conclusion we've come to: There. Is. No. Excuse.

No excuse for what you ask?

For a lot of things really. Seriously, I could sit here and name a plethora of situations for which there is no excuse. But, I know you're busy. So I'll try to keep it short. Ha!

In light of the recent people we've met and been able to bless with a meal or other things, as well as the "Not a Fan" study we've gone through with our small group, my Hubby and I have come to the realization that honestly, there is no excuse for the poverty, the hunger, and the homelessness so prevalent in our nation today. Period.

If the global church- no, scratch that - if just the church in America would be as concerned about outside people as they are about the color of the carpet or the volume of the music or the fact someone is sitting in their pew, then poverty would diminish, hunger would cease to exist, and homelessness would be eradicated. 

I'm thankful to be a small part of a church showing that they care MORE for people than anything else. While the floors in our sanctuary and bathrooms are finished, the floor in the foyer (the first floor you walk on when you come in) remains concrete. You can see the stains of the paint and drywall mud - but you know what? I actually love the fact that it remains unfinished. To me, it is symbolic of us. We carry stains around with us and we are always a work in progress but God can use us in mighty ways, just as He is using Fuel Community Church in mighty ways. What you see on the outside is not always a reflection of who we are on the inside. It's true of that unfinished concrete floor and it's absolutely true of us. 

If the Church could just get it right. If it we could just focus on what's important - knowing God, loving people, and being a unified body of believers - then everything else would fall into place. People, we could change the world - just like the disciples when they first started the church. They knew what was truly important...and they changed the world. 

So what excuse are you using? I can tell you we were full of them for some time. But God has done a work in our hearts and we're not using the same lame excuses anymore. God doesn't want excuses. He wants commitment. He wants willingness. He wants world changers. 

An excerpt from "Not a Fan" and part of my inspiration behind this post.