Your church is broke.
It’s not made up of a lot of successful people.
There are a lot of needs there.
As long as you can recognize that, your church is in much better shape than you think. Many churches find their identity in their savings, their reputation for successful ministry and their lack of need. And it makes Jesus sick.
So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. Revelation 3:16-17 (ESV)
It’s not the money or the success that’s the problem. Wise financial planning is crucial. Successful ministries and programs are good things. But they quickly turn bad when we find our security in those things and forget just how desperately we need Jesus.
The church that pleases Jesus isn’t always the one with the most money or the shiniest, most cutting-edge ministries. In fact, it’s quite possible that some of those that look like churches are really just organizations. Organizations that have organized Jesus out of everything that they are doing. They have kicked him out and left him knocking on the front door while they relish their so called success.
Pastor, maybe you don’t feel quite equipped for the job God has given to you.
Maybe your church is financially treading water while even the simplest of ministries have become burdensome. Don’t be discouraged. Don’t compare yourself to the other churches or organizations around you.
If your eyes are clear enough to see your desperate need for God’s grace, you are a success.
Pastor, Jesus doesn’t need your church.
But your church needs him.
As long as you remember that, no matter what failures and successes you experience, you will be a success where it really matters.
“The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” Revelation 3:21-22 (ESV)