Since childhood, I have tried to contemplate the implications of actually obeying the teachings of The Carpenter. Most of those teachings are not really all that complicated, just really counter to my natural inclinations. They are easier to understand than to apply, so to speak.
I have found that the decision to actually obey is pretty much key. After a bit of practice, forgiving becomes easier, as does turning the other cheek and praying for our abusers. Lately, I am challenged with the notion of similar implications of applying these teachings to my efforts at leading our congregation.
How do we embed the notion of “where your treasure is your heart will be also” to church leadership? What would be the actual applications of “seeking first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness” as pastor and as elders and deacons? As a congregation?
At our most recent meeting, following the sermon and the one member’s response I described yesterday, we first discussed how we could give God more control over New Life Church. Then we talked about what might be different if we quit focusing on being a modern, property-owning church and started emphasizing doing Kingdom work.
Although I had been nervous about bringing up these two topics, the response of our other elders and deacons was very confirming. It was, in fact, transforming; our whole perspective shifted as we quit thinking about how to get more people and more money into the church and how to do more for Christ.
A church starts thinking like that, it just could be that revival is right around the corner. Could be that it’s already started…