In June, I began a post about healthy church components and decided to break one post into two posts. This is part 2 of healthy church components. You can read part 1 here.
As a point of review, the first component is community. We are designed to have relational connections with other people.
The second component is adoration. Not only are we designed to have relational connection with other humans; we are also designed to adore our creator. We were designed to emotionally connect with God.
Have you ever participated in a fast? I’m talking about a Biblical fast, not the man-made fast that asks you to give up social media for a period of time. Abstinence has a vital role in our spiritual development, but Biblical fasting is giving up food for period of time to hear from God about certain things. Let me ask again, have you ever participated in a fast? If your answer is yes, then you know the struggle of physically going without food.
The struggle is even more realistic when we speak of going without spiritual food. Yet, so many American “Christians” set their food aside until the next time they attend a worship service. Nurture is the component that feeds us and provides nutrients to our spiritual growth. Nurture is grazing on the Word of God. The book Psalms called it meditating on Scripture day and night. Without nurture, we starve and the presence of God in our lives is silenced. Nurture is vital to the development that grows us from a spiritual child to a spiritual adult.
Nurture happens through Sunday School classes, small groups, Bible studies, meetings at coffee shops and a variety of other locations and venues. Nurture has one agenda – graze on the Word of God.
Several years ago, I gave an illustration about a cup and a plate. The cup sits on the plate and should be constantly replenished. The contents of the cup belongs to the owner of the cup. In other words, I am spiritual filled by the cup. The plate catches the overflow, which happens in the life of every follower of Jesus. Overflow is not always evident in a “Christian”, but always flows from a follower of Jesus. The plate is meant to give away to other people. The contents of the plate is a gift that God blesses us with to bless others.
The final component is serving. In the purest form, serving doesn’t have any expectation outside blessings another person. Serving comes in all shapes and sizes. Serving is as diverse as the ethnicities of the human race. Serving should be a component of every healthy follower of Jesus.
If a follower Jesus engages in community, adoration and nurture without serving, all of that overflow goes somewhere. Generally, overflows are called spills and spills make messes.
A few thoughts to ponder…
- Of the four components, what is your strongest and what is your area that needs improvement?
- Do you consider yourself a “Christian” or a follower of Jesus? There is a difference and the difference will be widened over the next decade.
- Is the overflow of your spiritual growth making its way to people that need Jesus?
- Are you making a mess in your church because you don’t serve others?