According to the Office of National Statistics, at their peak, the average salary of a graduate is about £36k per year. In contrast, it was reported that a sixth of university leavers expect to earn £100k or more by the age of 30. There is a massive gap between expectation and reality.
I’ve seen it in interviews as well. Graduates who believe that they are the answer to the company, and have a sense of entitlement that I wouldn’t even see at senior directorship level. Again, massive gaps between expectation and reality.
I don’t see how it is different in church. Don’t get me wrong, I have been there and approached church with certain expectations of what should be offered. I wanted a church with good worship, good teaching, good groups for all different types of people, and when this didn’t happen, had to deal with my disappointment, with the first victim being the church.
Again, Expectation verses Reality. It is just so easy to blame something, or someone, as then it moves the pain and disappointment from myself. Until we really look at who the church is. We see the church as a fellowship of believers, choosing to invest more than a bit of free time, energy and money together, but to further explore Gods purposes and will in their lives.
It’s a bit like saying someone ought to do this or that, when in reality, if you want to be a part of it, or if you believe in it, maybe you are they one who ought to, or should get involved. We all have different roles and different jobs. In 1 Corinthians, Paul talks about us as being many parts that make up one body – some feet, some arms, some noses, ears etc. I am so grateful that I am part of a church, where people feel they are a part of something good. We are a community of believers, who are trying to figure out this journey together. We don’t have the answers, we make mistakes, we get distracted, AND we admit it. And yes, sometimes the hand needs to scratch the elbow and we need to make sure we are all looked after, but it’s not about hoping and praying we get the most glamorous part, it’s about being the best part that we are created to be. That way, we find fulfillment as well as satisfaction, and we help the body move forward and be healthy.