Diligence in this Church Business

At a distant time and in a place that does not matter, as Jerry and I were traveling, there came a Sunday, and as is our custom we planned to visit a local church. On the day before the Sunday in question, we located the church and reassured ourselves of their worship time for we had recalled from a previous trip that their schedule varied from what is ordinarily observed. Sure enough, their large outdoor sign noted the service schedule to be as we recalled.

Sunday. We dressed ourselves, tucked Bibles under our arms and drove to the church. As soon as we turned the corner, I saw there was a problem.

“There’s no one here, Jerry.” The parking lot was empty. When Jerry pulled in front of the church, I looked at the entrance door and saw there a white paper which seemed to have writing on it. “I’ll see what it says.”

I walked up the straight sidewalk, and saw that tacked to the church door was notice of a change in the Sunday service. The change had become effective four months before the day I stood and stared at the sign. Four months earlier the church schedule had been changed and four months later the sign in front of the church announced a schedule that varied many hours from what actually transpired every Sunday. Hours before we arrived the opening hymn had been sung, a sermon was expounded, and someone had prayed the benediction.

I admit to being irritated; not because I had been inconvenienced, for my discomfort was negligible, but because someone–at least it appeared that way–took so casually this business–this business of the church. The Church conducts the most important business in the world–a business that refuses the confines of mere earthly institution, but one that bursts with energy as it encompasses ministry–the ministry of healing and saving and pointing the lost to Jesus. That’s our business, that’s our charge.

(Pastor Tom Foster)

The Bible indicates the business of the Kingdom was important to Jesus, and I strongly suspect it is still important to Him. I think it well within the mark to say that God expects us to carry out the business of the church in this earth with precision, extreme care and graceful skill. Remember that when Jesus was yet a child, He lingered in the temple, and when His parents found Him, and probably scolded Him, He spoke memorable words.

“Wist ye not that I must be about my father’s business?” Luke 2:49

“Seeest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.” Proverbs 22:29

“(Be) not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;” Romans 12:11

Surely we understand the business of the church to be urgent and pressing. Let us not disdain God’s work, nor allow His house to appear shoddy and haphazardly operated. Rather, let us minister in a such a way that Jesus and His Work is acclaimed to be noble, superior and of the highest level of excellence.

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About Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 78 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She has been married to Jerry for 60 years. They have 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)
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5 Responses to Diligence in this Church Business

  1. Very good point. I am amazed at how many will tolerate a level of sloppiness in ministry that they would not tolerate at work. I touch upon something similar on my site:

    http://sharpiron.wordpress.com/2007/09/09/sounds-like-the-devil/

  2. Shirley says:

    Good morning, Christian and welcome to God Things. Hope you’re here often.

    I’m going over to read your post.

  3. helenl says:

    Shirley, I understand what you are saying. Surely, someone from the church had time – in four months – to change the sign. But sadly, at least in some churches, any old someone wouldn’t do; it would have to be someone with authority: Like sign changing requires a maturity in the understanding of scripture and acceptance of doctrine specific to that “brand” of church and can’t be trusted to “babes.” Sadly, also, the lack of diligence meant that at least two people who wanted to attend a given service didn’t. I hoped you drove down the street and found an open church, even if it wasn’t your “brand.”

  4. Ace says:

    Praise the Lord and good preachin’! The ministry of Jesus demonstrated excellence. Thanks for the reminder.

  5. arm5 says:

    A church staff should never get to busy to change a church time on a sign. But also that shows me the lack of caring that has seaped into todays church. Because by them forgetting to post the time change someone could have missed there devine appointment with god.

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