Here a few tips on how to be a really good spiritual consumer:
1. Put your Bible(s) away. You don’t have time to read it anyway, so get it out of sight so you don’t have to feel guilty about it. You can enjoy the blessings without the daily reading.
2. Keep your prayer time short and to the point. Get through your list of demands – I mean, requests – quickly. If God wants to speak to you, He can catch up with you later. As long as He deals with your list first.
3. Show up for church a little late and get yourself out of there before the service is over. You wouldn’t want to leave an opportunity for someone to ask you to usher or work in the nursery or put chairs away or something. You have a greater destiny, after all.
4. Laugh at the pastor’s jokes during the sermon, but don’t take anything else he says too seriously. You’ve heard it all before anyway.
5. When you or someone else in your family is sick or has an emergency situation, make sure you call the pastor and everyone else in the church to ask for prayer. Then you don’t have to do it yourself.
6. Take every opportunity to brag about how deeply committed you are. It’s especially good if some of the church leaders can hear you because you never know if they are looking for people to preach when the pastor is away.
7. Bottom line: take whatever you can get with as little effort on your part as possible. You’ve said the sinners’ prayer and got your fire insurance, right?
Okay, I hope you know that all of the above points are the opposite of what we should be doing.
Jesus called us to be fruitful. To produce good results that are beneficial to us and to others. If we are simply consumers of God’s fruitfulness and the good results of the people in our lives, then we are missing the whole point. The good fruit we bear is meant to be consumed by those around us – our families, friends, co-workers, the people we attend church with. And yes, even strangers.
To be fruitful, we have to be tapped into the Vine – abiding in Him – Jesus Christ. He said, in John 15:4-5, “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” (NKJV)