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.