At the bottom of this post, you will find some of the Bible, not a verse or a paragraph but a whole chapter. I put the whole chapter because isolating scripture causes it to be taken out of context, so no matter who (myself included) quotes or explains the Bible, you should ALWAYS read it for yourself.
The church has become very self-centered these days. Everything that is taught, preached, or presented in the mainstream seems to be about the church, not the people but church people. You can call them the body and edify them and they too will proclaim that that’s indeed who they are, but they have grown fat and kicked (Deuteronomy 32:15) and become all about themselves. The church today is a series of “It’s All About Me” sermons. Think about it, everything taught is built on motivational speaking. No one is really being the hands and feet, but we’re all claiming to be. There are tons of conferences where people come together to express their ideas and they go to great lengths for an opulent setting but those same people won’t go out and preach the gospel. Who are we if we preach to the ones sitting in the pews, but nothing is said to the homeless man standing on the corner or the homeless woman living on the streets?
No one is really living out the Gospel. Everyone is using the Gospel to show who they see themselves as, but going to church, having a mission statement, guest speakers or conferences isn’t really reaching the needy of this world… It isn’t really preparing them for the kingdom of God. There is so much preaching of a better life through self-centered edification that we have forgotten the needy other than a show of what we’re doing through selfies there’s no real sincere outreach.
Everyone is waiting on the next “Christian” guest speaker who looks like they have it all together to tell them how to do “it” (it being life) and do it well, the problem with that is that it creates a co-dependency on man, for evaluation and validation. The world is constantly looking to man for where to go next, when in reality God has already given us that in The Bible, He left an instruction manual that many neglect because they would rather have the pastor give them a verse here or there to quote, but a single verse or a series built on the guise of a few scriptures can never truly encompass the full word of God.
Today, instead of looking in the Bible people are looking to others to tell them what the Bible means and what it says about every situation that plagues them. The new move of self-centeredness takes the cares and worries of self and puts them above others. Take your mind off of yourself and put it on His people. The true hands and feet of Jesus are still lost, still waiting, but nobody’s approaching them because we’re all sitting in the pew. No one wants to leave the pew because they are used to the comfort of cliches shouted to them like, “This is your year for a breakthrough!” or “God is going to turn everything around for your good!”. It’s like getting fed junk food or sugar in place of sincere milk (1 Peter 2:2).
The problem is not favor, breakthrough, or an encouraging word, the problem is that once we receive these things, they seem never to be enough and more and more, people are starting to rely on man rather than God for confidence, peace, strategy, and for revelation when true revelation comes from spending time in God’s word and in His presence. The problem with this is that people become co-dependant on man’s word, validation, and justification rather than on God’s.
If God desires to use you or bless you, it’s not so you can so you can store up your blessings in a barn and guard it with your life (Luke 12:16-21), it’s so you can reach out to His people, speak His word, show His love, lay hands on the sick, and encourage the lost. (“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” Luke 4:18-19 https://www.bible.com/1/LUK.4.18-19)
Don’t get so comfortable with the cliches of man that you forget that only God can be God. Don’t neglect His word and don’t be led astray by everything that sounds good (See Ephesians 4:14). Don’t get so comfortable that you forget to go out and reach a dying nation.
1In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
2 For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.
3 Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.
4 And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.
5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.
6 Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?
7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.
8 Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God:
9 But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God.
10 And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven.
11 And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say:
12 For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.
13And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me.
14And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you?
15And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
16And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:
17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?
18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.
19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
22And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.
23 The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.
24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?
25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?
26 If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?
27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
28 If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?
29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.
30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.
31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.
32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
33 Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.
34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
35 Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;
36 And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately.
37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.
38 And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.
39 And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through.
40 Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.
41Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all?
42And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?
43 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
44 Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath.
45 But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken;
46 The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.
47 And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
49 I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?
50 But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!
51 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:
52 For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.
53 The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
54And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is.
55 And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass.
56 Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?
57 Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?
58 When thou goest with thine adversary to the magistrate, as thou art in the way, give diligence that thou mayest be delivered from him; lest he hale thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and the officer cast thee into prison.
59 I tell thee, thou shalt not depart thence, till thou hast paid the very last mite. Luke 12:1-59 KJV To read more go to https://www.bible.com/bible/1/LUK.12.kjv