To Build or To Busy?
That is the question I was asking myself yesterday! Our jobs as pastors is NOT to fill the social calendars of our church members! It is to help them discover who they are and who God wants them to be. We can too often clutter people’s schedules and guilt them into attending but does this truly build the church.
As a youth pastor for many years in several locations I was told that “if we don’t give the kids something to do on Fridays or Saturdays they will find themselves in the wrong places doing the wrong things.” I would always respond, “My job is to give them the tools so when they are in those places they will still make right decisions.” I feel the same way as a Lead Pastor – I am to be an equipper, builder, teacher, leader and tool provider!
Activity does not mean authenticity!
Matthew 7:22-23: “On judgment day many will say to me, `Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ But I will reply, `I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.'”
People can be active and overly involved in church and church activities, but it does not mean that we are building them spiritually. Could we be teaching them to be codependent (or addicted to church events)?
God BUILDS His Church and He uses us as His tools! Are we building the church or are we distracting people from true spiritual growth with busyness?