David Platt writes:
One of the worst enemies of Christians can be good things in the church. The gospel that saves us from work saves us to work. The Word does the work. Building the right church depends on using all the wrong people. We are living—and longing—for the end of the world. We are selfless followers of a self-centered God…..
If we want to unleash the people of God in the church for the glory of God in the world, we need to let go of some good things. And we need to begin by asking ourselves some questions. Are you and I personally willing to put everything in our lives on the table for Christ to determine what needs to stay and what needs to go? Are your church and mine willing to put on the table every program we’ve created, every position we’ve established, every innovation we’ve adopted, every building we’ve constructed, every idea we’ve formulated, every team we’ve assembled, and every activity we’ve organized? Are we willing to ask God if there is a better way to use the time, energy, and money he has given us for his glory in the world? Are you and I willing to say, “Lord, we don’t want to settle for good things as your people. We want only your best”? When we take this step of surrender and obedience together, we will find ourselves becoming part of a movement of God’s people who are accomplishing God’s purpose.