But it shouldn’t be like that in the body of Christ. Churches are not in competition with each other. At least we shouldn’t be.
We’re not whining. And we don’t want to quit playing. We just want to be on the same team.
On The Same Team
Churches shouldn’t be seen through the lens of winner-takes-all. We should see each other as teammates who celebrate victories together, pick each other up when we’re down, and congratulate the player who’s having a good game, even if we’re having a bad one.
I don’t know why one hard-working, prayerful, wise, loving and risk-taking pastor who makes one set of mistakes keeps leading their church through growth barriers while another hard-working, prayerful, wise, loving and risk-taking pastor makes similar mistakes but is made to feel like a failure because their church isn’t experiencing the numerical growth that is supposed to be inevitable.
But I do know this. God doesn’t reward us based on results. He loves us without regard to numerical increase or decrease.
And Christ is with us when we suit up again, even though we fell flat on our face the last time we went on the field.
So keep playing. Keep learning. Keep working together.
Jesus sees the entire game. He’s looking for faithfulness, not success.
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