Just Say NO To “Church Shopping/Hopping”
One of the things that really troubles me about “the church” in America today is the phenomenon of church shopping & church hopping. It’s purely an American consumeristic mindset towards the body of Christ that absolutely grieves the heart of God.
It’s time for us to “Just Say NO to Church Shopping/Hopping“. This isn’t Christianity. This isn’t “following Jesus”! Jesus didn’t die so we could sample different churches like the buffet at Golden Corral. Jesus died to establish His church as the most powerful – life-changing – eternity altering – entity on the planet. It is time for us grab hold of the profoundly powerful idea of getting planted & embracing YOUR place in a local church.
We are alive at the greatest time in history for the advance of the gospel. We have so much going for us…
We have the ability.
We have the resources.
We have the technology.
We have the people. (Cue the “6 million dollar man” theme music)
What we don’t have is enough people committed to a place where they can actually be used by God to fulfill their mission & purpose in life.
There is absolutely NO REASON why we shouldn’t experience a world-wide revival in our generation/lifetime. The reason we most likely will not — is because we were too busy hopping to different churches to stop & commit to one long enough for God could use US to bring about that revival.
The church is the change agent the world is waiting for! God have mercy on us — if we keep the world waiting — while we try to find the perfect church for us.
If you’ve fallen into the American consumeristic trap of church shopping/hopping – STOP!!!! EMBRACE YOUR PLACE SOMEWHERE THAT GOD CAN USE YOU. At the end of your life, God is not going to be impressed or pleased that you SAW what He was doing at 10 different churches. He’s going be impressed & pleased that YOU WERE A PART of what He was doing at one church.
BTW: There’s no such thing as a perfect church! And if — by chance — you ever find a “perfect church” & you starting going there – YOU are going to screw it up! There are no perfect churches because they are filled with imperfect people. If the church you’re visiting doesn’t have what you’re looking for — maybe it’s because God wants YOU to provide it.
The question isn’t – does God want to do incredible things through His church. The question is will WE stay in 1 place long enough – for Him to use us – to DO the incredible?
Find a place to get planted. Embrace it. And start changing the world!!!
(Some ideas inspired by Dan Southerland, Steven Furtick)
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