Published October 13, 2015

Shelia Shares
"What Kind Of Boat?"

The Church today needs to be a Fishing boat. We need to be seeking to reach men and women and boys and girls in our community and in their community. Sometimes they come to us and sometimes we need to go to them.

The Church should be a Coast Guard boat. We need to be seeking to rescue those who are in distress and those who are in need. We can't pick and choose whom we help. If God puts them in our path, we are responsible to attempt a rescue.

The Church should be a sail boat. We need to be totally surrendered to the wind of the Holy Spirit for its direction in our lives and in our witness. Allow the Spirit to give you the right words and the actions to back them up.

The Church should even be a battleship. We need to be ready to do battle with our real enemy, the devil, and all his forces. Ephesians 6:11 says, "Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil."

Sadly, however, many churches have become cruise ships. On cruise ships, it's all about the passengers' comfort; all about feeding them, entertaining them and giving them a smooth and comfortable ride.

The Church was never meant to be a cruise ship.

What about you, church member? Are you fishing, rescuing and battling — or simply cruising? Are you about the Master's business or about your pleasure? Are you rowing the boat or sitting in the lounge? Are you working the boat in devastating storms or are you expecting to ride through calm waters?

Putting this in spiritual terms, are you in pulpit and on the streets preaching Jesus? Or are you just sitting in the pew and living for yourself?

The Church was never meant to be a cruise ship.

– Shelia

(Thanks to Pastor Jim McComas, who provided the basis of this "Shelia Shares.")

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