BIBS

Bibs are for people who only want to be fed. Bibs are for those who are not
yet ready or willing to feed themselves.

Bibs are for those who are more interested in being served than in serving.

Bibs are for those who insist that the church exists for them and their
needs.

Bibs are for babes in the faith, those who haven't caught God's vision for
the Church, or those who are not yet of the faith.

APRONS

Aprons are for those who have a heart to serve others in Jesus' name.

Aprons are for those who know that they are the church

Aprons are for those who don't mind getting their hands dirty

Aprons are for those who take the time daily to feed their spiritual hunger

Aprons are for those who are growing in faith, and hunger to help others grow

Church growth consultant, Win Arn, interviewed thousands of Christians in
America several years ago and asked them, what they though the church
existed for. Eighty-eight percent said, "The church exists to serve my needs
and the needs of my family." In other words, 88% of Christians in America
are still wearing bibs.

On the night when he was betrayed, just hours before he was crucified, the
very Son of God took off his outer garments, wrapped a towel around his
waist, and washed his disciples' feet. When he was done he said, "I have
just given you an example to follow." In other words, Jesus called his
disciples to wear aprons, not bibs.

In Matthew, Jesus is recorded as saying, "For even I, the Son of Man, came
here not to be served but to serve others, and to give my life as a ransom
for many." He also said, "If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but
if you give it up for me, you will find it."

Jesus calls us to wear aprons, not bibs. Which are you wearing?

Bringing It Home:

1. How would you answer the question, "Why does the church exist?" Does your
answer reflect your bib or your apron?

2. How can you help others in your Christian community to trade their bib
for an apron?


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Carter F. Smith
http://www.carterfsmith.com
A man's dreams are an index to his greatness.
(Zadok Rabinowitz)