Let me begin by saying I am no pastor. I am not a theologian, or apologist of any particular skill. I am just a man who believes, and I am a member of a congregation. As such, I’ve began to wonder a few things about “the church” as a collective body, not just the place I worship a couple times a week.
I wonder if sometimes we forget why we enter those doors, or why they’re even there in the first place?
I wonder if sometimes we sit in judgment on the people who walk through those doors, as if the things that bother us about them matter at all to God?
I wonder if sometimes we think so much about who signs the most checks in the offering plate we forget about the people who have no checks to sign that are right outside our doors?
I wonder if giving people what they expect from church can sometimes supersede giving Jesus what he deserves?
I wonder if we can change–as people and the body–to actually reach the people in our own backyards who are so broken and so jaded and hurt by the world they have no idea who Jesus is?
I wonder if we can ever grasp that while Jesus is the way, truth, and life, the worship methodologies we’ve grown accustomed to are not necessarily the only ones that can bring the proper measure of praise to God?
I wonder if we will ever understand the vernacular of our youth in such a way that we can acknowledge they can actually say something to God with it?
I wonder if we will realize that our preferred level of spiritual reverence is not the only one that exists?
I wonder if we can truly learn to love the sometimes unloveable?
I wonder if we can ever really be the hands and feet of Jesus if we don’t stop trying to please people and start trying to please God?
I wonder if we can remember that in a sense, we are all leaders in our respective churches?
That’s the real trick, at least it is for me. I represent the church, and not just my own church. I represent Jesus before people who have never heard the truth about him. Like it or not, I am a leader in the church. And as Northpoint Pastor Andy Stanley said, as leaders “we are not responsible for filling anyone else’s cup, we are responsible for emptying ours…”
I think if we all just focus on emptying our cups in worship and praise we will be on our way toward living in the fullness of Christ.
I wonder what would happen if we did that?
This young man here is emptying his cup…