We've talked and prayed many times over, for wisdom and guidance among the leaders and advisors within the church. As if life wasn't full of difficulties and complexities already, society keeps moving and pushing issues and scenarios which seemingly take us to the next level.
There's one more caveat in the mix. One more factor to consider. One more twist to the plot.
It's no wonder sometimes why those closest to situations are shaking their heads in confusion while observers are shaking their heads in disbelief.
What adds to the fun is that each of us, at one time or another has looked at the situation of which we are not the decision maker and thought we had or have a better way to handle things. Yet all too often we miss the mark in making the right decisions for the circumstance which are ours to handle, manage and correct.
Consider then, what is trending in the churches over the past few years. We've placed a greater emphasis on growing the church and less emphasis on actually building the church. So things look good to the observer, yet the decision makers are missing the mark when it comes to making disciples.
Pastor Chuck Swindoll was discussing this phenomenon yesterday during a radio broadcast, then he dropped this gold piece of wisdom...
We need a greater sense of "adherence to the truth, rather than agreement with the majority."
What's popular, what's comfortable, what's "trending"... sure, they be nice and attractive options, but it that what is truly best for the decisions we face or does moving in such a direction simply add to the complexity and confusion that will await us further down the road.
So will you join me in prayer, this #deaconThursday? Pray that our pastors and church leadership would indeed have a great sense of adherence to the truth. May we not get so caught up in trends and opportunities that we move farther away from the spirit and will of God for His church. In times of increasing complexity and confusion may God grant wisdom and direction to leadership; to do so with integrity, love and compassion. Pray that God would guide and direct conversations and decisions; that the church would continue (and return where needed) to making disciples, rather than growing crowds.
May lives be impacted for eternity
That spiritual truth would develop deep roots in hearts and minds.
To draw closer to the presence of God
Whereby we better reflect the character of Christ.
For the kingdom of God is near.
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