The thought of what happens when church is no longer a priority has been upon my mind a lot lately. Having been in the ministry now for almost 20 years, you see a lot of ups and downs in people’s lives. Some at their own volition, while others were from an outside source. There are many reasons people leave the service of God and get out of church completely or simply resign themselves to take a seat and become stagnate. Whatever the reason, there are always consequences for our decisions in life, both good and bad. Usually, others will reap the benefits or they will reap the consequences of what we decide. There is no man, woman or child whose decisions only effect them and them alone.
Thinking upon this today, I was compelled to compile a short list of the results of church no longer being a priority in the believer’s life. So, without further ado, let us consider, “What Happens When Church is No Longer a Priority:”
1) The Ministry Suffers
– If you were once involved and invested in your church and for whatever reason have decided to become less involved, unless someone replaced you, then the ministry will suffer because of your absence.
– For instance: if you stopped teaching a class and no one else stepped up, then the class would have to end or be condensed into another class.
– This places a strain upon another teacher and both classes.
– This also creates a sense of a lack of care.
2) The Membership Suffers
– Whatever the reason a person chooses to sit out is, of course, a personal decision. However, the church is not made up of a person, but rather people. Therefore, when one slacks, the whole will suffer in strength. Imagine when you sprain your ankle, does it not effect the whole body? Other parts must now take up the slack and are now unable to do their normal job, thereby the whole is unable to perform at its peak. The church is no different.
3) The Management Suffers
– Any good leader knows that to have an effective team, organization or even a church, you must have effective followers. People who are willing to make the team, organization or church a priority. When the people in the pew resign to making other things a priority, the leadership becomes discouraged and oftentimes grieved.
– When Moses was upon the hill and Joshua was in the valley fighting, who was it that upheld Moses’ arms? Aaron and Hur. – What would have happened if they walked away?
4) The Masses Suffer
– When believers allows their lives to become so filled with worldly things and become less and less involved with the church, that means the gospel is not going out to the masses.
– That means more people will eventually die without Christ.
– It is proven that when people are involved with their church, they will invite others. A lack of one leads to the lack of the other.
5) The Master Suffers
– The bible says that, “there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.” I believe this to be the Godhead that is rejoicing.
– In another place the bible says, “For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.”
– I believe it grieves God when those that once served with fervency decide to take a seat.
– He must now contend with their lack of service while also finding someone else to do the job He asked them to do.
It’s a sad state that so many churches have to close their doors, but it’s not God’s doing. It’s the same as if a wife or husband just decide to quit on their spouse. The marriage will grow cold and indifferent. They may remain legally married, however there’s no joy or blessing in the union.
Until He comes again…