Anyone concerned with the growth of the local congregation must develop a big picture mentality. Otherwise, we can become lost in the details and miss the wider vision of Christ.
Jesus built his Church, kingdom and household (Matthew 16:18-19; Ephesians 2:19). Everything begins and ends with him and his Word (Psalm 119:105).
Maintaining this household must be done by heaven, not by the flesh. The leadership of the local work must be first and foremost scripturally-minded.
“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him” (Colossians 3:17, NKJV).
When we’re added to Christ (Acts 2:38,47), we begin the transformation process (Romans 12:1-2) to learn a new way of living by the Word. All blessings are in Christ (Ephesians 1:3) and through his power (Ephesians 1:17-19), we walk in him (Ephesians 4:1).
As God’s people, we live in the Spirit and bear his fruit (Galatians 5:22-25). We’re called to rise above the flesh and to see ourselves as ambassadors at all times (Ephesians 4:17-19). The work of Christ transcends our own fleshly appetites.
In the Lord’s Church, we embody the Christian walk of love by putting others above ourselves (1 Corinthians 13:4-7; 1 John 4:7-11). We glorify Christ by remaining spiritually focused on our mission at all times (Ephesians 3:20-21).
In so doing, we measure our words from the pulpit and in private so we edify others and help direct souls to Christ (Matthew 28:18-20).
Truth can’t be compromised (Galatians 1:8-9) but we can restrain our flesh and remember what we’re about as God’s people (Ephesians 4:15).
A kind, giving spirit with a firm doctrine is a powerful force in this world. Let us always carry that mantle.
At every moment, let us remain on alert to speak for the Master because he is all that matters.