Sometime ago I met up with an old friend and we began talking about our respective churches and what the Lord was doing there. I started talking about all the wonderful things the Lord was doing and every time I said some positive he would say something completely opposite and negative.
“The worship at my church is stale… The preaching uninteresting and dull. In fact I think there is something wrong with my pastor… I am not getting the word…the music is dated and boring… The people are unfriendly and narrow-minded…” he went on and on!
Frankly, I couldn’t wait for him to finish so I could tell him to repent… Yeah really – Dude you need to REPENT!
I think if we want to hear from God and experience his power through his word, be stirred and lifted into the presence of God through the song we use to worship, and find joy and deep and meaningful relationships in the place we call our church… we need to start by repenting of our sin, humbling ourselves and truly believing and trusting in Jesus.
Yeah, repent and believe and humble yourself. Because the real problem is not your pastor and his messages. It is not the songs you call boring. It is not the people you call unfriendly and narrow-minded.
The problem is you!