I once knew a guy who cut off his finger while using a log splitter. He told me that when he realized what he had done, he screamed three times, picked up his finger and ran to his truck to drive to the hospital.
When he arrived (it took him 15 minutes or so), he ran in and told the lady behind the counter in the emergency room that he needed to see a doctor. She never looked up, never made eye contact with him, but simply put a form up on the desk and asked him to fill it out.
He then put his finger on the counter in front of her while asking, “How am I supposed to write?”
She freaked out and, needless to say, he was able to see a doctor right away.
Unfortunately, this story reminds me of how so many churches of all sizes tend to operate in our country today.
People walk in every week with intense pain in a particular area of their lives. They may have had to go through a pretty tough series of events to just be able to walk in the doors of our supposed “sanctuary.” They are asking for help and are desperate for a solution.
And so often, we don’t even see them or make eye contact with them, but rather expect them to “fall in line” and become a part of the process that we’ve established while ignoring their pain altogether.
The Change We Need
It doesn’t have to be this way. It could (and should) change this coming Sunday.
What if we stopped answering the questions that no one is asking anyway (when was the last time a normal person asked you to break down the T-U-L-I-P, the peccability or impeccability of Christ, or paedobaptism?) and dealt with the issues that people deal with each and every week, and then used those very subjects to lead them to Jesus?
It could unleash our people!
It could unleash our churches!
And it would actually reflect Jesus Christ more. Jesus always met people where they were and then brought them to where they needed to be!
People are going to show up to church Sunday, and they are dealing with things such as:
• Can Jesus really forgive me for the sins in my past?
• If God really is so good, then why did this tragedy take place?
• Why do I feel like I am hitting a wall spiritually? It seems the more I try to do good, the less adequate I feel.
• How do I know that God really does love me?
• Am I really supposed to forgive the person who molested me? If so, how?
Scripture deals with every one of these issues.
My prayer is that people would see that Jesus is not some disconnected and distant deity that cares nothing about who we are and what we are going through, but rather is a Savior and really is Lord over every circumstance that comes our way.
The Power to Unleash
I honestly believe if churches—regardless of their size—would quit wading in the waters of confusion and simply deal with what really is on the hearts of the people walking in the doors, we would see an unbelievable explosion of salvations, baptisms and influence.
God never meant for His church (or the people in it) to be bound and defeated. He never wanted it to be an impotent and insignificant organization that loved its processes while ignoring people. He called us to impact the world with the Gospel, and that is completely possible when we are willing to meet people where they are and bring them to where they need to be—unleashed!
Source: CHURCH LEADERS