“…do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:3
It’s Sunday afternoon. Our worship service today was a real blessing.
During the fellowship time following the service most people stayed to share with each other and greet the new people that attended.
Our new church has been meeting for less than a year now and its only ten weeks since we’ve been meeting in a hall. Our numbers are growing each week. The church leaders have been working very hard to make sure that we start right.
Things seem to be going well – so why my concern?
Well, all these things have to do with what we are doing.
What about God?
It’s so easy to forget the Psalm 127:1warning; “Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watchesover the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.”
Don’t get me wrong, we have been bathing our planning session in prayer. We have been seeking God’s guidance and we have been giving him the glory for the obvious ways He is blessing us – even beyond our feeble prayers – even more that we have dared ask.
So Why am I Still Concerned?
Well here it is. I found myself counting heads during the service. Why did that matter to me? Is the number of people attending our worship service in any way indicative of God’s blessing?
Well, perhaps – or perhaps not. But one thing’s for sure, counting heads during the worship service is not compatible with Phillipians 4:6. You see, I was anxious – I thought to myself, “How many people are here this morning? Have we reached a new attendance record?”
But after the service over a cup of coffee, one of the visitors gave witness to how much God had blessed the message to his heart. Now this is what matters – it’s about what God is doing in the hearts of men and women that matter.
Thank you Lord for this reminder – and help me to keep my focus on You and what You want to do in my heart. I’ll leave the church building thing to You.