So today, I’m thinking and praying for the church. I actually sat on the beach this morning reflecting on God’s faithfulness as each wave came in. It’s amazing how nature points to God’s character continually. We all need to reflect on the natural beauty around us more, whether it be the sun reflecting off a new fallen snow, or the ocean waves forming differently yet continually.
Back to the church — having visited a few churches down here and stepping away from my normal duties as a leader and communicator at the church – I’ve had this question – what are we trying to do? I mean at the end of the day, what’s the purpose of the church? I think if we’re not careful we could allow it to become events we attend or a weekly service we show up at and miss what God is hoping to do through His church. It’s about our growth, it’s about connecting with people and it’s about creating an environment where people can come to know Jesus. All of this to bring God glory and live out the values of His kingdom. The services and events are very important but they are merely tools, environments where the real work happens. God transforms hearts as we humbly receive His Word. And His Word comes from the public teaching but also through the casual conversations, the growth group discussions and the hallway prayer times. It is incredibly challenging to trust God and to live according to His Word in the midst of the culture we find ourselves in. The church is needed more than ever before in history – but it’s effectiveness and impact is really more dependent on the hearts, mindset and humility of the people who comprise it.