I still believe God has great plans for His church. We just have to make sure that as humans we don’t mess up those plans. I often remind myself and others. The greatest thing we can do as believers is to stay out of God’s way and let Him have his way both in us and around us. Here are five things the church must hear.
1. NO ONE IS COMING.
Statistics prove what has actually been known for years. Church attendance continues to decline. In fact, 75% of Americans don’t attend church anywhere regularly. Gone are the days that people just show up at church, so don’t hold your breath expecting them to walk in. You can change your music, your sign, and your pastor. But, if you don’t get outside the church walls your church will not grow or exist very long.
2. QUIT TALKING ABOUT THE WHITE HOUSE.
We don’t need to rip apart the White House, but instead address the chaos that is going on in our house and “God’s house.” We need to be of one accord, full of God’s love, focused on His mission, and consistently seeking to make this world a better place. If we’re focused on doing what God has called us to do lives will be changed one soul at a time. Just talking about our country’s shortcomings fixes nothing and only feeds an already negative culture. Too often our churches are known more for what they are against than what they are for.
3. WE’RE STRONGER TOGETHER.
Don’t just pray for your church, but gospel centered churches everywhere. We need to quit throwing bombs at one another and link arms together. I do appreciate what organizations like United Colleton are doing in an attempt to get churches all throughout Colleton County on the same page. I guarantee you in Heaven God will not care about the color of your skin or whether you were Baptist, Methodist, Pentecostal, Lutheran, or whatever you see as the best denomination. In the end, all that will matter is did you know Jesus and did you seek to follow His ways. We all need to learn how to not just celebrate what God is doing in our ministry, but in the ministry of others. Anything less is not of God.
4. WHERE ARE YOU?
According to scripture, every believer makes up the body of Christ. Every believer has an important part to play. When you’re not where God has called you to be, the church can’t be all God has called it to be. My friend, you will never find a perfect church. They’re all full of imperfect people, who by God’s grace through faith have been saved by a perfect Savior. If you call yourself a believer in Jesus Christ you should be involved in a local church. Not because going makes you a Christian, but because Christ established the church to be a place believers gather together.
5. SUPPORT YOUR PASTOR.
Trust me when I tell you the following. If you have never been a pastor, you have no idea the challenges of one. Being a pastor has been labeled by some as one of the top five hardest jobs in the world. One pastor will never be able do it all, make everyone happy, or fix all the issues that pop up daily. When it comes to your pastor you’re either with him or against him. You need to pray for your pastor, his family, and his leadership. Choose to be encouraging not a modern day Judas.
(Hebrews 10:25)(NLT) And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.