I asked last week what the ‘ideal’ church looked like. My prayer is that I challenged you to re-think what goes through your mind as you come to worship God. I proposed a hypothetical question: if a wealthy person donated 1,000,000 dollars to WH, would we know where to invest that money to make the greatest impact in our community? Truth be told, only God—and God alone—changes a human life. Paul reminds us in Philippians 2:13, “For it is GOD who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.” However, let’s say a person did give us $1,000,000. I would imagine our first desire would be to design and fund an assortment of church activities and ministries that we believe would help people grow spiritually. Then we would probably encourage as many people as possible to get on board with those activities and ministries. Let’s be honest, though. Does increased attendance in ministry programs automatically equate to spiritual growth? NO, it doesn’t. Although attendance numbers help you determine if people like what you’re doing, making people busy in ministry doesn’t necessarily equate to spiritual growth. In actuality it burns them out because when they grow weary we usually lay guilt on them for not helping enough. While spiritual activities, programs and ministries give Christians an outlet for service, they don’t necessarily help them to grow spiritually. So what DOES help one grow spiritually? One grows by spending quality time alone with the One who created them. How often in your busy schedule do you allow that to happen? Take time today to start spending time alone with the One who adores you and be amazed as to what He wishes to share with you.
Have a blessed day and remember the One who gave it to you! Kevin
Kevin Lough is the minister at the Whitehall Church of Christ in Fairmont WV.