A consumer Christian comes to be served; a contributing Christian comes to serve. Jesus, Himself said, “I did not come expecting to be served by everyone, but to serve everyone…” (Mathew 20:28). By the way, the word ‘Christian’ literally means ‘little Christ.’ Thus, it seems to me there’s little confusion in how we are to be.
A consumer Christian comes with an entitled mindset whereas the contributing Christian comes with a grateful heart set. You see, when you feel like you deserve something, the fact is you probably really haven’t gotten anything – at least in what it means to be a Christian. Here’s what I think: There’s way too much me church and not enough He church.
A consumer Christian points their finger and wants to either blame and/or judge another whereas the contributing Christian wants to restore unity as quickly as possible. It’s interesting to me that Jesus never speaks to how people should love me better, but rather the exact opposite – how can I love others better? Allow me to say it another way: A consumer Christian is always looking outside of themselves to identify the source of any and all problems while the contributing Christian is always looking within themselves to identify the source of any and all problems.
The consumer Christian is inwardly focused. In other words, what’s in it for me? A contributing Christian is more interested in the mission of Jesus, and thus is outwardly focused. They are never about their own personal preferences or wants. Sure, they have them, they just never become the focus nor given the attention.
You see, a contributing Christian understands that it is more blessed to give than to receive. They do not expect everything to go their way. They are willing to give away all of their personal preferences if it opens up a place, a space, for someone else to come to know Jesus.
A contributing Christian is somebody who can embrace both the beautiful and the messy parts of the Church community because they understand that Jesus has embraced both the beautiful and the messy parts of themselves.
It’s obvious to me that we are called to contribute. Thus, it’s time to get about the Father’s business.