The world knows that Facebook recently had their IPO. I read an interesting article about a guy that as hard as he tried, could not get even one share of the Facebook stock. What does any of this have to do with anything? Hang on.
So, the author of the article wrote about how he went through as many avenues as he could and came up short. The Facebook stock was not able to be bought by the average investor. Finally, someone asked him why he wanted to buy the Facebook stock. He said that he had never really considered it. The person asked him if he wanted to buy shares of Facebook because he actually wanted to invest in Facebook, he wanted to see the company do well.
That struck a chord with me.
I had to sit down and think about that statement. It makes perfect sense. If you bought stock in McDonald’s, you would want McDonald’s to do well. You are also investing in them by frequenting the restaurant and buying your favorite menu items. You feel part responsible for helping the company to succeed.
You should take stock in your church.
Why do you go to church? You do not go to church for the sole purpose of singing a couple of songs and listening to a speaker. If you wanted to do that, you could sing to your CD and listen to a podcast. It is a lot more than that.
You are not a consumer. The church does not exist solely for you.
The church does help you in the sense of providing you with a community of believers to walk alongside you in your sanctification process. You are not the only one on this journey. We are all called to be conformed to the image of Christ.
The church also equips you for the work of the ministry. You receive instruction and application from the Scriptures. You are equipped (you are being poured into) so that you can go and pour into the lives of others. You get to serve.
You get friendship, fellowship, counseling, and accountability as part of being a member of the local church.
Why do you go to church?
Do you want to serve?
Are you being discipled?
Do you want to see your church grow and succeed?
These are a few questions to consider.
If you want to see your church grow and succeed:
- Pray for your church. Pray for the people in your church. Pray for the people that God will put into the path of your church that you might have the opportunity to share about Christ with them.
- Pray for your pastor. You have no idea what he struggles with or the amount of spiritual warfare that he goes through.
- Fast. Deprive yourself of delicacies for a season. Pray for all of the above. Pray for God to move in your church. Pray for the Holy Spirit to move in your church like a tidal wave of revival.
- Give. Sacrificially. You do not give out of what is left over. You give out of your first fruits. If you cannot feel a pinch, it is not a sacrifice. God blesses you so that you can bless others. God blesses you so that you can show that you are thankful and give back to God. The church cannot survive apart from gifts, tithes, and offerings. Money does not magically appear in the church office and POOF! all the bills are paid.
- Serve. Find a spot where you can help in your church and volunteer.
- Share. Share the gospel. Share your testimony. Share where God is taking you. Share about Jesus.
- Invite people to your church.
If you love the church where you are a member, there is a good chance that somebody else will love it to.
If you are not a member, find a place where you can serve, where you can be discipled and equipped, where you can learn how to apply Scripture to your daily life. You will want to be around other believers. – Hebrews 10:25
You will be in the process of having your mind transformed by the word of God. Roman 12:2
I pray that you will invest in your church and that you want to see it grow and flourish.