You must accept early that, as one of Jesus’ preachers, the more you present Jesus’ fullness the more some will grumble; the clearer you offer the way of Jesus’ discipleship the quicker many will walk away. Fact. “Disciples”, “believers”, opt out and have done so since Jesus first preached. It is not a sign of your short-comings as a communicator. It is the result of people not wanting what Jesus is offering. All you have done is pulled back the curtain, presented Jesus, and the window shoppers have walked on. “I’m looking for a god with a little less judgment…a god with fewer demands…a god with more tolerance…leaner…nicer god…happier…taller god.”
They walked away when Jesus preached; some will certainly walk away from you.
It will hurt. Ache. You’ll doubt. Your leadership team may doubt. You will question yourself, your calling, your gifting, and even question those few faithful who are truly committed to Jesus. If you feel you must play the popularity game and be liked on Facebook and followed on Twitter and doted over and honored by the masses, then you are not currently ready to fill the Prophet’s pulpit. Deal with your idolatry and pride. However, If you can handle presenting the unadulterated Jesus and most of the church-goers not coming back, then you are welcome to join the humble team of Jesus’ preachers.
After this many of Jesus’ disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. – John 6:66
The song begins at 1:35. Take time to reflect and meditate today.
Build a church that talks like Jesus. His words heal the hurting, restore the fallen, and build up the broken. Jesus’ words chain demons, crush lies, and destroy diseases. People stand taller and walk easier when Jesus opens his mouth. Their footing becomes sure and their burden becomes light. According to the Bible, Jesus did more kingdom work with his words than he ever did with his hands. His life-giving ministry did not begin until he began spreading his message. He built tables and chairs with His hands. Jesus built up lives and shaped futures with his words.
Do not lead your church to be the “hands and feet” of Jesus without also empowering them to be His voice as well. Teach them to encourage and thank and admonish. Help them listen and heal. Model what it means to say the right word at the right time. When the local church learns to talk like Jesus it will start changing lives like Jesus.
Man does not live by bread alone but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. – Deut 8:3
We as church leaders make a bully pulpit out of the consumer culture and how it kills the local church. However, not all consumers are bad. We consume oxygen. We consume water. We consume food. Olympic athletes must consume thousands of calories a day. In fact, if you don’t consume you eventually stop altogether. Here is a quick consumer report:
- Expect to personally feed some more than others. Think baby vs. adult. You will know the difference based on how they eat not how they look!
- Offer a balanced menu of give and take. This isn’t just your Sunday messages but also the types of programs you serve up. Some experiences give energy and others rightfully take energy.
- The better you feed the easier it will be to lead. If you want their bodies engaged in mission then feed their minds with engaging messages.
If you stop offering the right consumables at your church table people will cease coming to dinner all together.Your sheep need to eat and you need to feed them. Just make sure you are feeding them the right things while leading them thru green pastures. Last time I checked obesity and anorexia are equally lethal and offer the same results, bodies that can’t do anything.
Like newborn babies, crave (CONSUME) pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation… – I Peter 2:2