"Shut the doors!" Celebrate the past victories and glory let it go it has served God's purpose.
It has been said that the task of starting something new is much easier than resurrecting something that is old and dying.
So one must ask an all-encompassing question: "Where's the victory Where's God's glory if one just throws in the towel?" If I believe and serve a God that is all powerful all knowing is everywhere (and I do !) Why is it I just give up?
Rev. Dan Andrus
What in the world am I writing about? I'm specifically writing about the Bride of Christ (the universal, and in this case, the local church). One must understand the "church" is made up of God's people, NOT brick and mortar. We also have to recognize that a "church" does have a mission (God's assignment) and sometimes that "church" goes away NOT to disappear but to rise again elsewhere with a new mission and new people or new mission with some of the same people joining some new people to meet the new challenge.
As individuals, we too find ourselves at times needing to make that big decision "Do I just throw in the towel (with grace and dignity, of course) OR do I spend time in God's Word and prayer seeking his will?"
As that individual, I have been tempted to just walk away or give up on this God thing. Then I asked that question: "Would God get the glory and honor if I just walked away?"
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As pastor of a local church, I know we too have been faced with this same question; not just as individuals but as a local assembly of born-again believers. Instead of "anesthetize" we have chosen to "revitalize." Every one of us knows we CAN NOT do it on our own. That's what got us here in the first place.
We have chosen to "revitalize" and embrace and engage the change(s) that it will take to become that light on the hill once again. We didn't get here overnight and we won't be "revitalized" overnight either, but in God's timing and in God's way we will be revitalized!
You've heard it before but it seems even more appropriate now
"We're not there yetCome grow with us!"
In Isaiah 43:18 and 19 we hear, "Forget what happened long ago! Don't think about the past. I am creating something new. There it is! Do you see it? I have put roads in deserts, streams in thirsty lands."
And, as the three Hebrews said standing before King Nebuchadnezzar when threatened with the fiery furnace "The God we serve can save us from you and your flaming furnace."
Are you in need of revitalizing? God is the only one I know who can make that change from the inside out.
The Rev. Daniel Andrus is pastor of North Hill Baptist Church, Minot.