When the church stops asking this question, we are in trouble.
When we settle for today’s status quo then we are no longer open to new leadings of the Holy Spirit, we accept yesterday’s movement as good enough, and we are no longer open to what the possibilities are for the future. In short, comfort zones and stagnation sets in. We become critics of new things because the ‘old thing’ is good enough.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not just talking about institutional churches or traditional churches, I’m talking about all of us.
We want to settle in and we stop asking, “Is better possible?”
Seth Godin wrote a post with this same title and said:
“Is better possible?
The answer to this is so obvious to me that it took me a while to realize that many people are far more comfortable with 'no'.
The easiest and safest thing to do is accept what you've been 'given', to assume that you are unchangeable, and the cards you've been dealt are all that are available. When you assume this, all the responsibility for outcomes disappears, and you can relax.”
Seth goes on to say:
“If you accept the results you've gotten before, if you hold on to them tightly, then you never have to face the fear of the void, of losing what you've got, of trading in your success for your failure.”
He concludes his post with these words:
“We owe everyone around us not just the strongest foundation we can afford to offer, but also the optimism that they can reach a little higher… ‘Better’ is a dream worth dreaming.”
Seth is some kind of ‘marketing guru’ whom I quote because his words apply prophetically to the church. No matter where we are we want to hole up, build a monument, and take comfort that we have arrived somewhere. The moment we do that, we are no longer leaning into the wind of the Holy Spirit and asking Him, “How can I be more available to you? How can I press in to seeing more of your Kingdom on earth? What’s next? How are you moving today that might shake me out of my comfort zone if I were to join you? Where have I become backward-looking instead of seeking your vision? What is your dream for me and how can I grab hold of it today? Where have I given up that you are just now getting started in?”
I’m excited to believe that, no matter where I am at today and no matter what challenges I have faced, there is more and better that God, by the wonder and power of His Spirit, wants to do in and through my life. I just need to be willing… and seeking… and looking… and following.
And not settling…
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