This weekend I was in this huge church building. Not the church, but a denomination. It was beautiful. It was huge, and had everything that you could dream of for a church building. At first I was so impressed. What a sign of spiritual success? This church must be doing something right. But as I started to reflect, I started to be more thankful for the true church of Christ. Yes, this is not an excuse to have terrible looking facilities, no this is not justification for not having good tools to accomplish the work. But it is a reflection on the fact that as the people of God we do not need this for faithfulness. Yes, there are some in the church that are building followers. People who run to the best and biggest, but the majority of people in the church realize that it is not about the building or signs of success, but a faithful walk with God. The church has it right. We are faithful to God not because of external signs but because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. We are not impressed with the signs of worldliness. We are impressed with the right stuff in Christianity. We are a simple people with a simple faith. We love the word of God. We love simple fellowship. We love simple worship. These are all good because it is too tempting to place trust in signs of power. As the people of God, we can be tempted by the pride of life too quickly. We need always to be watching ourselves, not making choices on who has the biggest and best program running in town, but simply being servants wherever we are in the church. We must be content with a bad preacher, bad song leader, not that this is an excuse not to always seek to improve, but we must not be chasing after this dream of being better consumers of the gospel. Unfortunately, it seems that sometimes the longer a person is a church member the more particulate they are in what they want in a church. We must not disciple better consumers of the gospel rather better disciples of the gospel. The sacrifice of Christ should always be sufficient for all of us. This is all we need.
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