It doesn’t matter!

It doesn't matter

 

If we are going to get serious about the business of church revitalization, I believe many in our churches are going to have stop believing a big lie that the devil has convinced them is truth:

The lie that “it doesn’t matter”.

Here are some forms that I have seen this lie take in our churches:

 

~ It doesn’t matter if our church’s exterior has a run down and dilapidated appearance, as long as something good is going on inside – after all, that’s what really counts.

~ It doesn’t matter if we don’t start our services on time, we’re just a little disorganized and naturally run things a little late and all of our regular church folks just accept that.

~ It doesn’t matter if we go into our church services with no earthly idea what’s going to happen, we’ll just let the Spirit lead and see where things go from there.

~ It doesn’t matter if the Sunday School teacher doesn’t show up from time to time or is ill-prepared to teach when they do get here. There’s usually only one or two kids in the class anyway. Good help is hard to find, and we’re just thankful someone is willing to do it at all!

~ It doesn’t matter if we have greeters at the door to shake folks hands and welcome them before service – we never have any visitors anyway, and we’re happy if our folks  get here for services at all, let alone get here a half hour early! That’s just asking too much.

~ It doesn’t matter if the singers aren’t prepared when they get up to minister – what counts is how sincere they are.

~ It doesn’t matter if the pastor didn’t study for his message this week – he can just open his mouth and “let the spirit fill it” when he gets up there.

~ It doesn’t matter if we don’t have an organized outreach program in our community – everybody knows we’re living in the last days, and folks just won’t come to church because  they are wicked and sinful heathens.

 

Yes, In many of our churches, we’ve convinced ourselves that “it just doesn’t matter.”

 

The problem with this thinking is, that it very much DOES matter.

It matters because God gave His very best for us, and He deserves no less than our best in return.

It matters because that lost person who may walk in your door next week’s eternal destiny may hang on how well you do your job.

It matters because that one child in your Sunday School class is just as important to Jesus as a crowd of hundreds.

It matters because if you don’t create a standard of excellence, you are going to be a mediocre church with mediocre ministry producing mediocre Christians, at a time when this world desperately needs to see Christians at their very best.

It matters because the Bible tells us that whatever we do, we are to do it “heartily, as unto the Lord, and not unto men.” (Colossians 3:23)

 

Yes, building a Bible believing church in this day and time is a difficult challenge.

Yes, the culture we live in is increasingly anti-God, and yes, it’s not going to get any easier.

But we make it much, much more difficult by believing the devils big lie.

Don’t be deceived.

It DOES matter.

3 thoughts on “It doesn’t matter!

  1. Bro. Jim, I couldn’t agree more with your article and it’s assessment. Great job. Thankful for what you do in the area of church revitalization! Keep on keeping on!

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  2. Colossians 3:23 New International Version (NIV)

    23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,”

    Colossians 3:23 New Living Translation (NLT)

    23 “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”

    Colossians 3:23 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

    23 “Whatever you do, do your work [a]heartily, (A)as for the Lord [b]rather than for men,”

    Footnotes:

    a. Colossians 3:23 Lit “from the soul”
    b. Colossians 3:23 Lit “and not”
    Cross references:

    A. Colossians 3:23 : Eph 6:7

    Colossians 3:23 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

    23 “Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically,[a] as something done for the Lord and not for men,”(A)
    Footnotes:

    a. Colossians 3:23 Lit “do it from the soul”
    Cross references:

    A. 3:23 : Eph 6:7

    Colossians 3:23 English Standard Version (ESV)

    23 (A)Whatever you do, work heartily, (B)as for the Lord and not for men,

    Cross references:

    A. Colossians 3:23 : ver. 17
    B. Colossians 3:23 : [Philem. 16]

    Ephesians 6:7 New International Version (NIV)

    7 “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people,”(A)

    Cross references:

    A. Ephesians 6:7 : Col 3:23

    1 Corinthians 10:31 New International Version (NIV)

    31 “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”(A)

    Cross references:

    A. 1 Corinthians 10:31 : Zec 14:21; Col 3:17; 1Pe 4:11

    Colossians 3:17 New International Version (NIV)

    17 “And whatever you do,(A) whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks(B) to God the Father through him.”

    Cross references:

    A. Colossians 3:17 : 1Co 10:31
    B. Colossians 3:17 : S Eph 5:20

    1 Peter 4:11 New International Version (NIV)

    11 “If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God.(A) If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides,(B) so that in all things God may be praised(C) through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”(D)

    Cross references:

    A. 1 Peter 4:11 : 1Th 2:4
    B. 1 Peter 4:11 : Eph 6:10
    C. 1 Peter 4:11 : 1Co 10:31
    D. 1 Peter 4:11 : S Ro 11:36
    New International Version (NIV)
    Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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  3. Jim McComas, this was a very spiritually insightful look into the growing trend of ‘complacency’ in the Church today. Of course, the Scriptural witness speaks volumes against ‘complacency’ in the Church, and I copied and pasted some Scriptural references containing this principle. Brother Jim, thank you for this very helpful view of why it ‘absolutely does matter’ if the Church becomes ‘complacent’ in its God-given duties and responsibilities.
    A Fellow Ambassador for Jesus Christ, Timothy J. Stanton

    P.S. We at Kirby Free Will Baptist Church (Flat Rock, Michigan) would love to have you stop by for a time of fellowship, as well as for a time of sharing of the mission that God has placed upon your heart.

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