Saturday, June 18, 2011

Whose Church?

What do we really want our church to look like? What is it that we want the church to be known for? What kind of culture do we want to have? What reputation in the community do we strive to see our church have? I am pondering these questions this morning as God continues to work in my own heart.

I wonder what most of us focus on when we think about "our church." Do we get caught up in how the church sings the songs that we like and make us feel comfortable? Is our mission to keep up programming for those that have already declared allegiance to Christ? Do we get focused on how our own needs are met? Is our concern how we maintain things because "that's the way we've always done it?"

Perhaps our biggest struggle is that we have become so consumed with what we want our church to be that we have forgotten that it doesn't belong to us to begin with. When we realize that the Church is God's designed instrument to glorify Him and reach the world it changes our perspective. It shifts our priorities from making us comfortable to pushing us to honestly seeking His direction and then obediently following through with it. When we see that we are not the owners but workers for the High King of Heaven, our greatest objective is to achieve what He has designed for us and not the fulfillment of our own selfish desires.

Now that's a Church that even the gates of Hades can't stand against.

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