I’ve noticed a terrible thing lately. It seems that some pastors today are so focused on how to grow a church and they have forgotten that our call is to spread the gospel. We have become so preoccupied with creating the “perfect worship experience” for our congregations that the gospel is becoming secondary to the institution of the church.
We have to get back to the focus of Christ who said: “the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” Luke 19:10. Christians today have themselves to blame for the ills of our society. If we were salt and light, then our nation would look totally different than it does today. Comfort became our desire and not the gospel. Seeking the lost is hard work, and we don’t do it.
Yet God has been seeking the lost since the beginning! Gen 3:8-9 says, “Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, ‘Where are you?’” God sought sinful man in the garden by calling to him. God’s will is that man be sought after and saved!
Jesus came to do the will of His Father. Who are we not to do this will? If we put as much time and effort into sharing our faith as we do in planning the best worship experience, then perhaps we would fulfill the call of Christ upon us which is to go forth!
If we are to be transformed into the character and nature of Jesus, then we must share our faith and seek to do the will of Him who sent us. His will should be to us what the Father’s will was to Jesus- life sustaining food! John 4:34 says, “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” His will for the church is to go forth and make disciples.
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”