I read that quote in a Facebook post tonight and it really hit me. It’s a sad reality in churches today where arguments seem to pop up about everything, from the style of worship music to the placement of a new water fountain (and yes, that one is true.)
Maybe some of you are looking for a church that checks all of the things on your list. You want the music, preaching, small groups, environment, kids program, youth group, and everything else to be exactly the way you want it to be.
You’ll be dead before you find that church, because it doesn’t exist.
There’s also not a church that is doing exactly what Gods will for the church is. Every church is a work in progress, a group of imperfect people (where other imperfect people should feel welcome) that is trying to draw closer to God and live for Him and by Him in their daily lives.
We are commanded to reach as many people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ as we can; that’s the entire purpose of the Great Commission. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
When we get our personal preferences that have no basis in scripture out of the way and focus on doing everything short of sin to reach people, that’s when the Great Commission begins to be fulfilled and people’s lives begin to change. So instead of not singing a song because you don’t like the tune, focus on what the song is saying. We have to learn to give up what makes us comfortable if it leads to somebody else’s gain.
Don’t get me wrong. If there’s a theological teaching that makes you uncomfortable, that’s important. Do some research, look up verses on it, meet with your pastor about it. I’m not talking about theology here; I’m talking about the things that we see as important but in God’s eyes don’t really matter.
I love what Bobby Jamieson said in his article Nobody Gets the Church They Want: “Christ set aside his rights to serve us, and that’s what you do every time you sacrifice a preference to promote the body’s growth…God may not give you the church you want, but he’s more than capable of giving you the church you need. So take a look around. Maybe he already has.”