Friday is for Heart Songs
The denominational conference just ended. You returned to your church, large or small, having witnessed the parade of speakers and conversations that seemed to always exalt one of three things: bigger churches, bigger personalities, or younger leaders. Now you are back home and wondering if your ministry will ever amount to anything like theirs.
Your heart is already in a bear trap and you feel both helpless and guilty. But its even worse than than. Not only is your heart trapped, there are other perils waiting. A new temptation is crouching at your door. Envy. You know you should be rejoicing in what God is doing in the “bigger church” or through the charisma of this or that young leader, but instead you are secretly harboring dark thoughts that your brothers ministry would fail in some way. What is going on in your heart is wicked and you know it.
You’ve been there. Maybe not this year. But you have been there. And if you say you haven’t, you’re lying.
- Run to Jesus.
- Go to the cross.
- Receive his forgiveness and give your heart some perspective.
Tozer will help. Here’s his words to remind you to just be faithful to the Living God you serve.
Failure and Success: Size Matters Little
And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.”
To God quality is vastly important and size matters little. When set in opposition to size, quality is everything and size nothing….
Man’s moral fall has clouded his vision, confused his thinking and rendered him subject to delusion. One evidence of this is his all but incurable proneness to confuse values and put size before quality in his appraisal of things. The Christian faith reverses this order, but even Christians tend to judge things by the old Adamic rule. How big? How much? and How many? are the questions oftenest asked by religious persons when trying to evaluate Christian things….
The Church is dedicated to things that matter. Quality matters. Let’s not be led astray by the size of things.
A.W. Tozer Born After Midnight, 72-73,75.