I do not depend on the church to make me happy. There I said it. It took me a while to come to this realization, but the truth is this. It isn't supposed to.
My relationship with Jesus is the reason why I have a relationship with His Church. If I were to reverse that order, I would become disillusioned and disappointed. Depending on a Pastor or ministry to make me, "happy" is a recipe for disaster.
Matthew 16:18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Jesus didn't say, I will build my church, and it will meet all your needs or solve all your problems. He said, "I will meet all your needs." (Phil 4:19)
One of my facebooks friends asked this questions yesterday. If "pride goes before destruction," WHAT comes before success? The answers varied - humility, rebuilding, preparation, and work. One person said, "Failure, Failure, a bunch of experimentation, more failure, persistence, clinical depression, a little bit of hope, a ton more hard work.........and then success." Then someone said, tacos. Another person responded with, "I would add that tacos go both BEFORE and AFTER success... And sometimes after failure..." I agree.
I know that people come to church looking for help. They should because the Church can help. We can connect people to the person who can help. JESUS We can connect them to His truth. THE WORD OF GOD We can connect people to His purpose. SERVING
But for a church to be a success, it takes a lot of hard work, planning, sacrifice, focus, vision, and energy. Just like a family or business, it requires 24/7 attention. It requires a team of people to lead and support it. It, like all things, must make changes to progress. But change isn't easy. Sometimes we make mistakes and fail. Does that make me happy? Not always. But I do get a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment knowing that my connection to Christ is making an eternal difference in the lives of people.
I get to eat tacos too.
PRAY: Dear Jesus, help me today connect with you today. Let that connection influence the lives of people around me. Let my church be blessed because of what I do for you. AMEN