So often, no matter how much I, as pastor, work against it, we Christians like to make the whole church/religion/Jesus/faith thing about us. We seek out the worship styles that fulfill US. We say we believe in Jesus because that means salvation for US. We listen to the sermons or the Sunday School classes to hear what’s in it for US. Even the songs we sing are all about Jesus and US. We have a “selfie culture” — even in our church. And this consumerism of our religious culture that is hard to overcome.
Greg VanderMeer offers an alternative way of looking at this:
The purpose of every sermon you hear, every book you read, and every encounter you have in the scripture is not simply to give you enough for the day or week so you can make it through. That would mean the whole purpose of the church is about you. It is not. The purpose is to strengthen you for the purpose of serving Christ in this world. Touched by the gospel we have the opportunity to touch those around us.
There you have it. It’s not about US.