The church is growing. Crowds are pouring in – people who are tired, broken, betrayed, violated, frustrated, burnt out. The list can go on.
This gives people in church more work to do.
But, who’s at the center?
More people means more ears would hear the band play on Sunday morning. It means more individuals can come together on a random day and talk about what happened during the worship service or the last event the church just held or how the preacher mispronounced a certain word or how the powerpoint had a misspelled word on it.
When news of these reach us, do we come in offensive or remind ourselves who’s at the center?
More people means more people to spend time with, more people to counsel, more lives to sow His Word to, certain that it would grow and bear the fruit the Bible would call righteousness.
When the demands get high and the number of volunteers are too low, do we act in frustration or do we remind ourselves who’s at the center?
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” -Hebrews 12:1-2
Therefore, since we are surrounded by people who do not read the Bible and read Christians instead; since we are surrounded by people who are looking for people to follow as they begin to follow Christ; since we are surrounded by people who believe that our deeds back our faith up; let us throw off everything that hinders – the temptation to perform, the temptation to outperform, the temptation to look strong on the outside, the temptation to look holy, the temptation to strive, the temptation to compare ourselves with others, the temptation to be critical, the temptation to control, the temptation to micromanage, the temptation to shove Him off the center.
When we decide DAILY to fix our eyes on Jesus, we declare that:
He is the AUTHOR of our faith.
Our faith is not defined by what we do or what we haven’t done. We are saved because His heart’s desire is to draw all men to Him.
He is the PERFECTER of our faith.
Perfecting us in the faith is His job, not ours. We grow in faith and righteousness and good works with Him, in Him, and ONLY through Him. The church grows in faith with, in, and ONLY through Him. We are but empty vessels. Nothing more.
My mentor once told me, “We don’t ask God to bless what we are doing. Our goal is to know what God is doing at this time, in this season, and join Him there.”
And so, today, this song is my prayer for myself, for the students He has entrusted me with, for the team He has called me to lead, for the church He has placed me in, for everyone who has chosen to put their faith in the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords!