There is an old saying that goes something like this; "May the dust of your Rabbi cover you." In biblical days disciples would walk behind their rabbi as they taught them. If you have ever walked behind someone as they spoke, you know how hard it is at times to hear them clearly. The closer to them you walk, the easier it is to hear what they say. The very meaning of this saying was to say walk so close to you rabbi that the very dust he kicked up covered you.
Often, I look around at our churches or ministries and the things they do. I find myself wondering, "is this really how God would want it?" From our strict rules on who and how we help others, to our dress codes for "worship", all the way down to our very selection of "who's fit for the Kingdom," we tend to put our own spin on things. Our doctrines, our churches, our ministries, and our methods. It's funny, I've been in this preaching game for nearly 16 years, and this has been a common complaint of mine since day one.
When did our faith become a religion? Perhaps a better question, where along the road did our worship become a weekly hobby? How did our buildings and services become so much more important than the people around us? How is it we can do whatever it takes to make our "church" look popular and amazing from the outside, yet we never seem to look outside and try to share the love of Christ? How arrogant have we become that we no longer live like Jesus. but like the pharoses that killed Him?
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)