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Bibs And Aprons

By Don Loftis | 05.27.15

A number of years ago, Win Arn, a noted researcher in the area of church growth, asked thousands of Christians, “What do you think the main purpose of the church is?”  88% said the church exists to serve the needs of its members and their extended families.  The reality is that the local church often yields to that assessment and turns inward and becomes selfish.

Responding to this danger, one congregation noted in their mission statement that they wanted to be known for “wearing aprons rather than bibs”.  Aprons symbolized serving others and contrasted with bibs which recalled a time of life noted for immaturity, self centeredness, and personal indulgence.

We must always be reminded that the church belongs to the Lord, and our goal is to advance His kingdom.  Christians are referred to often in the Scriptures as servants (literally “slaves”), and we are taught, “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves, do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others” (Phil. 2:3-4).

However, those who wear the aprons are not Supermen or Wonderwomen.  Those who teach must also have time to be taught.  Those who serve must also have time to rest and refresh their own souls.  Those who minister to the needs of others must be honest with their own needs.  God’s plan for His people as His church is balanced and healthy


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