They say a picture says a thousand words; but what if there is no picture to speak the words that must be said? Does that leave us with a thousand words without a source? When I want to see the bigger picture of what God is doing and what He is in the process of accomplishing often times I will look at the big picture. The church building as an image of the heritage, the congregation as an image of stability, the programs and work as an image of growth, to the vision as an image of the future...but if I am not careful I can get caught up in all the things and forget about the part of the picture that will always, always need His care and attention...me.
The reality is that the building stands not because heritage holds it together, and not because it is well built, it stands because of God's grace, the heritage is His.
The congregation is not an image of stability because at the end of the day we are sinners saved by that same grace, and we all fearfully and wonderfully made...no matter how strange that looks from the outside. Our stability as a congregation is rooted in and supplied by the Lord Jesus Christ.
The programs and events give the perception of growth but many times they are times lf business, started with great furver and desire, and then fading away, growth comes through the sound instruction of the Word, and the willingness to grow.
And vision doesn't point us to the future, it is us recognizing that the Holy Spirit is at work in our hearts revealing to us the things that are on God's heart, and that He has a future for us, here and now, and later as well.
As a Christian, as a Husband, a Father, and a Pastor, God is my heritage, He is my stability, He is my program and my work, and He IS my future.
I pray that you know your future, but if you have questions, send me a note, lets talk. Come join us @ Elk Creek this week, we're going to talk about Jesus...every single time. Bro. Kenny