I am fascinated with churches. I always have been.
One of the things I often ask is, “Why do churches do well?” Over the years I have preached sermons (based on Scripture, of course) with titles such as “Why Good Things Happen at Church.”
Why do churches do well?
Let me give three very general reasons.
First, God blesses in ways which are larger than any understanding. Anytime we begin to talk about something good taking place, we must go directly to God. We are not the cause; God works and blesses in ways that are beyond our comprehension. We are forced with the Apostle Paul to praise the Lord. “Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations” (Ephesians 3: 20-21).
God is a good God who works on our behalf.
Second, people seek God and humble themselves before Him. God loves humility. James quoted the Old Testament and reminded us that “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6). When we submit ourselves to God and seek to know Him in Scripture and in prayer, He blesses and encourages.
Third, God’s people work with God to proclaim Christ and make Him known. I often say, “Most any plan will work if you work the plan.”
When we seek to witness, invite, teach and live the Word, and obey Christ, God will take our feeble efforts and use them for His glory.
Let us be people who seek God and live to please Him. That usually makes church a place of joy and significance.