"We have drifted away from being fishers of men
to being keepers of the aquarium"
-- Paul Harvey--
Later when Jesus was eating supper at Matthew's house with his close followers, a lot of disreputable characters came and joined them. When the Pharisees saw him keeping this kind of company, they had a fit, and lit into Jesus' followers. "What kind of example is this from your Teacher, acting cozy with crooks and riffraff?" Jesus, overhearing, shot back, "Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? Go figure out what this Scripture means: 'I'm after mercy, not religion.' I'm here to invite outsiders, not coddle insiders."
Matthew 9:11-13, The Message
The local church is the hope of the world! If we as church leaders do not embrace the vision to become salt and light in our world, the Church will fail to realize its potential as an agent of change. We will become inwardly focused on meeting the needs of 'insiders' to the exclusion of 'outsiders.' We will become a spiritual cocoon, where Christians meet to retreat from a hostile world, rather than a 'transformation station' whose primary objective is to change the world.
It's not that churches shouldn't minister to their own members, but there should be a balance between internal and external ministry. When our churches become spiritual spas to which we retreat from the world, our salt loses its saltiness and we are no longer able to impact our culture.
Why did God make me? To love, serve, and obey Him--very simple, yet extremely profound. If we all woke up each morning asking, "How can I love, serve, and obey God today?" it might change everything---it might even change the world!