Man’s confinement of planning restricts people being GOD defined.
The Message (MSG)
22-24Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like.
Do you hear what I hear?
I’m pretty sure if you are sitting in a pretty little Biblical tower you are not really in touch with what the world is looking for, or should I say, what is missing in the Body that will help them understand that we don’t think we are better. If you keep painting pictures of telling people what to do, instead of leading them to the Lord and to the Word where they’ll find it, you continue to be the manipulator of what you want in your body, not what Christ wants in the Body of Christ.
It’s time to listen up! It’s time you see what they see and listen to what it is they have endured. I’m not saying all is bad, I’m just saying there is group that continues to do the leading and the results just keep on being the same. You try, try again, take another survey, try, try again. It gets repeated over and over and at what point do you all figure out that you should not be looking to do what will attract people to “your church” but what will be so radically changed about you, you yourself attract the people to Jesus Christ. When is it you realize that you are to be the one controlled by the Holy Spirit so that the outcome will be what He wants it to be, not what you and group from who-knows where will get you the results that won’t make one bit of a difference in the end except to keep a group of people doing busy work planning with a new set of plans.
There are times when you and I are being told what to do and we just don’t need to listen to that. There is a world that continues to move and motivate not just the young, but the old as well. We had this discussion at work and it’s amazing how the people that people want to go to for advice are advising young people to make sure they get plenty of enjoyment out of their lives while they can. We then get people into church and we have another group of elders telling everyone that they need to do this, or do that. Really, when does all the telling stop and the bringing of the Word begin for becoming what we should be as individuals and as the Body of Christ?
Daily there are people getting advisement of a list of things to do to make numbers get better, or for you and I to look better, get more popular. We’ll move whoever it is out of the way to make whatever it is as the goal of the day to take place.
It is about you!
Don’t let anyone tell you any different. It makes me so sad sometimes to sit and listen to a work of what someone believes to be “progress” in action, actually be about moving a group of people out of the way. We have so many things on the agenda in the Body we begin to forfeit the people for the sake of the cause. We take all sorts of surveys and show slide-shows and want people to attend this and that, we forget that the simplicity of the message of Jesus Christ, it’s not about any of that. Even when you are talking about coming together as a Body you are trying to man-ipulate, man-handle and formula something into happening that will just have an outcome of the same things you had before.
When those leading the Body realize that all the formulas of men need to be ditched, and they just follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, it’ll all come together. I’m not sure who y’all are trying to reach in the Body of leadership in churches but if it’s the unsaved, rethink your plan. People don’t want all the plans of some corporate group that will increase numbers and improve fellowship. People just want the people to be people. When y’all get that on the platter and see your own sin for what it is, instead of choosing to recognize the outsiders sin as something worse, you’ll be inviting to the table of church assembling together, as Jesus did.
It’s always going to be about you and me. We are the people GOD cares about, we the people! Not some group of leaders making decisions for what they deem to be the better plan for the best outcome to save a system that isn’t working.
Ask yourself in leadership? Did Jesus not leave the 99 to go after the 1? Would it not be the same in leading the church? Should not the messages of just being on Sundays and Wednesdays be more so available to a generation who’s schedules have changed. Why is it we are willing to cancel an assembly of people coming together maybe not on a Sunday, for the sake of assembly, when in fact being fed the Word of GOD should have been all that mattered on that platter. Maybe it was because what was being fed, was that of choosing not to offend, so not so many people grew, but got comfortable. What if the services were held in the morning each day. What if we decided in the evangelical Body, to be the voice in the morning for people who can’t go to church on Sundays and Wednesday, or maybe they just don’t want to. Oh no!!!
What if your time in leadership wasn’t spent being concerned about anything but bringing the unsaved to church, and growing the saved?
This is what matters. You, me, all of us together. We can’t come together though, because the survey didn’t ask…
A Body that is after His Own ♥
I wonder what would happen if the man allowed to be in charge would choose to take charge and allow the Lord to lead him and not need a survey. GOD thing many who were leading in the Bible didn’t call upon a company to see “what the survey says”. I wonder… I wonder if there are any more men who are willing to set aside asking a group of people what to do, and allow the Lord to lead them not into being tempted to do what is popular, but only willing to do what the Lord leads them to do. I actually don’t wonder, I pray.
I’m a former anorexic and person who looked into the mirror. I then turned from the mirror to man and all the things they say, it was the moment when I realized the man and the mirror had me all wrong. There is but One who now knows my ♥ and whom when He speaks I desire to listen because He defines me.
I’m not going to listen to the list of things some survey says I should do. I’m going to surrender to where He leads, because where He leads are His desire to fulfill His dream for my life. How about you? Are you holding back? Are you allowing someone else who does what they do, define you and what you do? When is it you stop being a copy-cat and be the original ________ (your name) He wants you to be. This way when His survey says, it will be because of the plans He had which you followed.
Are there any more men like this. I think so… I think there are still:
Until all have heard of and know, His Love,