Last week I stood on a bit of a soap box and asked “Why Wouldn’t we?!?” And apparently that question struck a chord with a lot of people. If you missed it, check it out for 2 reasons: 1 – it resonated with a lot of people & 2 – that story was only the beginning. Walhalla Presbyterian is still not meeting in their space; people are still finding ways to reach out; and that story is still being lived out every day here in Walhalla.
The hard part for me is, how do I follow that up? What else will resonate with people that they will share with their friends and wrestle with throughout the week? My answer this morning…take the next step on the soap box.
If the question last week was why are we so surprised when churches actually act like churches towards one another? My question this week is why have we stopped believing Jesus? Let that sink in for a minute….
Why have we stopped believing Jesus?
Now before you get all hot and bothered, do me a favor and go read John 14:11-14. Remember this was Jesus’ last meal with his friends and he was leaving them some last words to live by. Why is it that we love to talk about foot washings and service (which are obviously great) but never talk about this promise? We seem surprised we churches come together to fulfill his final prayer from John 17. And we seem to forget that he promised that we would do greater things that even he!
Why have we stopped believing the words of Jesus?
I think it is because we watch too much news coverage. No offense to the media, but we have become convinced that the world is going to hell in a hand basket. We are fascinated with economic collapse and the threat of global war and food shortages…and we’ve stopped believing in Jesus’ last words. I am not saying there are not threatening aspects of our world.
I am saying that we should stopped treating the Good News of the Gospel like a life raft on the sinking ship of earth. We should stop celebrating some ethereal rapture where God will swoop down and saving us before the world collapses on itself. We should start believing as if greater things were possible.
What if we actually believed greater things are yet to come and stopped just singing it?
We should start living as if greater things were possible, as if redemption and transformation actually matter and were actually possible. Perhaps then we would see our churches as places of transformation instead of museums of a long lost era. Perhaps then we would see our bodies as gifts to be cared for instead of trash to be discarded. Perhaps then we would see the brokenness of the world as the greatest opportunity for the Gospel to actually matter.
If you were inspired by the stories of last week’s post, then what can you do this week that is even greater? What can we do to show the world we still believe the words of Jesus?