Beautiful word picture, right? If you have a weak stomach like I do, you can’t even stand the thought of it. Nevertheless, this is what so much of church has become. What do you mean, Matthew? I’m so glad you asked😀!
Churches do the same thing over and over and over, expecting to get great results. This year’s calendar looked like the calendar five years ago. Nostalgia is great until you look around your church to find that everyone but you and a few others have died. I heard a phrase once that stuck with me: “Predictability leads to low impact.” People get bored if they always know what is coming next. Call them unspiritual if you want, but even the Bible commands us to grow (aka not staying the same)!
Churches copy what another church did and expect the same results. When Rick Warren wrote “The Purpose Driven Church”, his intention was to teach principles. Instead, a lot of preachers got these wild ideas that they were going to turn their backwoods churches into Saddleback Community Church. Saddleback is in California. California and the rural Southeast are different worlds. Churches change their music, approach to Sunday School, government structure, etc. in an attempt to copy the growth another church experienced.
The bottom line is you and I cannot manufacture, reproduce, or regurgitate a move of God. I have no problems with planning and programs, but never allow them to replace prayer, Bible study, obedience to God, and the exaltation of the Lord Jesus Christ. When Jesus is magnified, He said He would draw people to Himself.
Is your life stale and potentially similar to dry vomit? Maybe you have neglected your personal time with God. Maybe you no longer live by faith. Maybe your Christian life is more about performance than it is about being in God’s presence. Too many people emphasize the church more than the Christ. Your life can be full of joy. Join me in recapturing the freshness of following Jesus.