There is a saying that almost all of us are aware of – “actions speak louder than words.” I think we all recognize what it means – it is imperative that our actions support what we believe and what we say. Unfortunately this is not always the case.
As I look through the Healthy Church Initiative prescriptions I believe that there is one that we simply have to get right. We (and that includes me) have to get busy inviting people to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. That path includes a new relationship with Jesus as well as a growing relationship. We must witness as a church baptisms and professions of faith. We believe it is the mission of the church but our actions are not fully reflecting it. That is why this Sunday is such an important day for us – it is our day of prayer where we will reflect, repent and respond through new actions that will live out God’s will.
In the scriptures there is a well-known passage – upon completion of the Temple in Jerusalem God spoke these words to King Solomon:
“I have heard your prayer and have chosen this Temple as the place for making sacrifices. At times I might shut up the heavens so that no rain falls, or command grasshoppers to devour your crops, or send plagues among you. Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. My eyes will be open and my ears attentive to every prayer made in this place. For I have chosen this Temple and set it apart to be holy – a place where my name will be honored forever. I will always watch over it, for it is dear to my heart.” (2 Chronicles 7:12b-16, NLT – emphasis mine)
I plan to come this Sunday in all humility seeking God’s forgiveness. And I plan to walk away from Sunday filled with God’s Spirit so that my words and actions might begin to be more aligned each day. My desire is to see the world transformed through God’s love and grace but it will not happen in silence. I have to be actively working with God to see this transpire and so do we all.
Please join me Sunday as we reflect, repent, and respond to God’s call to go and make disciples of Jesus Christ – especially new disciples! I believe this is why the church exists!
So what do you think? Why do you believe the church exists? Is our day of prayer necessary or just another formality or ritual that we do to make ourselves feel better? Thoughts or comments?