So many people trying to make their church a place people will want to come to. They change the music, make sure they have stuff for the children, make sure the preacher is relevant and so on. It seems like the never-ending goal of many of the churches I have been to. Yeah, is that stuff nice? Well yes sometimes. Is it what they need to get people to want to be a part of the church? No, I don’t believe so. I have been going to churches trying to find one to be a part of. The minute I walk in that door do I want to stay because the music? Wow great music, I should come here. Nope! Is it the preaching? No! Kids program? No. What is it then? What is this one thing that a church needs to have? So simple, yet so forgotten! Love.
Yes, I am looking for a church where people care. Care about the people who walk in the door. And guess what I do not believe it is just me! People want to feel as if someone cares for them they want to feel loved. Everything else can be over looked if the church truly cares about others.
John 13:35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
Love is something the world is lacking because true love comes from God! Selfless love. Putting other people’s needs before our own. Not just physical needs but mental needs. People are always thinking about what will help them the most. What will give them what they want, but that should be changed and everything seen through the eyes of love. Why am I doing this? Why do I want to change the music at the church? Because the people around me will be able to worship better? Or because it is what I like? Why do I want this children’s program? So I can brag about the number of children who come? Or because you love the children and want them to have a place where they too can learn about the giver of this great love that you have. Will love cause you to change programs your church offers. Yes. Will love affect your ministries? Yes. But ministries and churches changed by love and not by selfish reasons, is the church that is going to succeed! It is the church that is going to look different to the world! Philippians 2:3 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,” They world has music, they world has actives for children. But the thing the world does not have is love. 1 Corinthians 13:2 “but do not have love, I am nothing.” If your church is not loving others is it meaningless.
So stop worrying if you are doing this right or that right. Stop worrying about everything else and pray that God gives you a heart for people. That He gives you His great love! Love for others and love for Him.