I’ve been sharing recently about the process of evaluation that our church leadership has been going through over the past several months. You can read those posts here…
As our church Elders and I worked through this process, two key takeaways became clear to us. The first of those is this:
We cannot continue settling for “Good Enough.”
It was not easy for us to admit, but it was true nonetheless – over the past few years, we have begun settling for good enough rather than putting in the (fill in the blank with your choice of: time/energy/commitment/dedication/resources) to strive for the best. That is not something that any of us are proud of. In fact, it’s quite embarrassing and humbling to say.
Scripture challenges us to strive for more than settling for just good enough.
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
– 1 Corinthians 10:31
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men
– Colossians 3:23
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
– 2 Timothy 2:15
But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor.
– Galatians 6:4
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.
– 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
All of these passages, and many more, remind us over and over that we are called by God to give Him our very best! In all things!
We were once a church that refused to settle for good enough! We have allowed time, loss, busyness, lack of focus, and apathy to lull us into a place where we are just trying to get by.
As the pastor, I take the blame for that.
I and each of our Elders have pledged to break out of that lull and to recommit ourselves to being the absolute best we can be – as individuals, as leaders, as members of the Body of Christ, and as a church – for the glory of God and His Kingdom.
I ask you to do the same.
Join us on this walk as we seek – not perfection – but the ideal of giving our best to God and for His Kingdom. Will you commit to that? I pray so!