The One Thing to Make Church Better

I’ve spent all of my adult life trying to make church better. After all, that should be part of a job description for a pastor.

You certainly want your pastor to think this way. You want him to be praying and thinking about reaching the lost and equipping the saints to do the work of ministry. You want your pastor to be a person who takes his job seriously and seeks to please God in his life and through the church.

In some ways, we may be thinking about the wrong things. Instead of considering the latest fad in church life, we should be thinking of some things that the New Testament tells us about how to make church better.

Here is one thing that can wonderfully change the way your church functions.

Seek to live humbly before God. Throughout the Bible, humility is exalted and pride is condemned. “God opposes the proud but he gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6).

Why, therefore, do we tolerate Christian celebrities in our midst? Why do we have people in our churches who live in pride and look down on others? Paul told the church in Philippi to “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:3-4).

The problem in almost all areas is that we want to apply Scripture like that above to someone else. True humility comes when we apply it to ourselves. As each of us looks to our own needs for repentance, the church begins to change.

What would change if we looked out for the hurting among us. All around us are people whose lives seem to be in shambles. Addiction, depression, and seeming failure is destroying people. These are people who need to know they are welcome in the church and that we and God know their needs.

We should follow Scripture and look to the needs of others.

Wouldn’t a church be filled if people knew they would be helped by the church instead of being condemned?

I’ve often made this statement: “You can’t keep people away from where they are loved.”

Let us do the one thing of living humbly before God and lovingly toward others.

It’s the one thing that will change your church.

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One Comment


  1. The Millers
    Dec 08, 2016

    Thank you Waylon for this message reminding us to humbly love and serve all others.
    Hurt is not limited to specific groups. It is non-discretionary and affects all of us regardless of appearances which are really on surface impressions.

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