Yeah, I said it.
I don’t like “church” meetings.
The small-talk. The forced hyper-spirituallity people feel the need to put on. The facade that everything in life is going wonderful. The focus on sin. The focus on our works. The survivalist mentality.
You get the idea.
Now hear me right – not all meetings are like this! It just feels like this quite often to me.
What a hypocrite!
So now you are thinking – “What a hypocrite! Just last year you spoke at over 250 meetings!”
I’ll be honest with you… sometimes I do feel like a hypocrite.
But I’m not.
I want to let you in on a secret of mine. I’m more of an undercover agent.
(Don’t tell the pastors of any of the churches I’m going to ;) )
My goal is to help people discover that there is more to Christianity than the weekly Sunday service, prayer meeting and home group.
That their faith should be impacting their lives 24/7.
Light doesn’t deminish in the presence of darkness – rather it appears to shine all the brighter!
I firmly believe the following:
If you struggle “in the world” but not at church – then you have made church your source of life and not Christ in you.
So why the meetings?
Because the people who need the message I preach the most (aside from the lost) are those who live in church meetings.
My job is to help people to discover Christ in them the hope of glory. From there the meetings can become a small piece of a wonderful, delicious pie that is life in Christ.
My dream is that I can do myself out of a “job”. I love day-to-day life way more than meetings and my goal is to help people get to the same place.
So that’s my challenge to you today.
Are you thriving between the meetings?
Or are you just surviving?
To what degree are you aware of Christ’s indwelling presence in your day-to-day life?
Because until everyone can say they thrive, fully aware of “Christ in them the hope of glory”, I’ll still do meetings.
No matter how much I dislike them.