• Vanessa Clark

The Potential of God's House

There’s a misconception about the people of God being perfect saints who judge the world for its corruption and sinful ways. There’s this huge canyon of misunderstanding between the saved and the secular that keeps us divided. Haughty, arrogant, high, and mighty bible thumpers is what the world thinks of believers. They run from an Old Testament God who kills everyone and forgives no one. When believers judge unbelievers harshly, are unkind, preach at their faults instead of minster to their hearts, it ruins the potential of the growth of the Body of Christ. Here are 3 ways to maximize the potential of God’s church by reaching the lost.

1. Sinners with the ultimate upgrade

The missing link in the world’s understanding is that “church people” are NOT perfect. Believers who pretend to be unbothered by life are only helping to perpetuate the myth. We, believers, don’t have it all figured out, we hurt, we bleed, we get divorced, we have family feuds, the list goes on. The only cataclysmic difference between our troubles and the world is that we have hope! We have a way of escape, comfort, peace, joy, and access to the throne of God. We never stop being human we’re just encouraged in our humanity by the promise of eternity. God tells us that there is more to our existence than these 24 hours increments of time. Jesus has redeemed us back to God, we don’t have to walk alone, we can reach more of the lost, increase the Body of Christ, and maximize our potential if we’re truthful. Let's tell the truth! The only power we have is from God, the only blessings we receive are given by God, we are desperate people who are humbled by the fact that He loves us at all!

2. Church is really a hospital

Where do all the sick people go? CHURCH! Unbelievers who are at their wits end enter the doors of God’s house for hope and solutions to their problems. Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and it’s our job to remind them of the redemption they can find in Him. Preaching fire and brimstone is not the way to their hearts and if we are honest about the moment we received Christ, it was Calvary that won us over. Just as we wouldn’t turn away bleeding and dying people from a hospital we shouldn’t turn away those who are dying spiritually and living without the promise of eternal life. They run to hospitals for care and healing, the House of God is just that; a place for the lost, broken, and hurting to find the healing power of God and the love of those who call themselves His people.

3. God’s intentions for the Church

What has the church become today? Too big to exhibit the characteristics of God and too small to make an impact in the world, either way, there is a limit to God’s agenda. We’ve filled time slots with church announcements in HD and followed by the coolest hashtags, we have coffee stores in our lobbies, and ATM machines in the sanctuary. Times have changed, technology allows for certain amenities, and we have the power to reach more people than ever but, have we lost the original blueprint? The book of Acts tells us exactly how the Church should reach the lost, Acts 2:38-39 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” It tells us how we should go in the power of God, spreading the message of Christ everywhere by being vessels of His love. The Church should be full of “look at me” people, proclaiming how the love of God has transformed their lives, not pointing the finger at people who have yet to come into this realization.

As the Body of Christ, we have heavenly access to God’s unlimited power and grace, to bestow upon those who need Him but don’t know it yet. We should use the testimonies of our yesteryears, throw open the doors for the dying like a hospital, and preach the most powerful message in the world! “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

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