Sure, as a church you might not be able to keep up with the latest and greatest high tech equipment. You might not have the time or personnel to develop major productions. You might not be able to afford presentation projectors for each classroom. Your pastoral staff might not be qualified as executives of Fortune 500 companies. Don’t panic. We don’t need to compete with the world!
Don’t get me wrong, we should strive for excellence in ministry because we want to give of our best to the Lord and we want to do what we can to reach people. In God’s economy both the process and end result matter. Yet, our motivation for providing quality ministry should not be in order to compete with the world. We don’t need to compete with the world!
In case the point of this post hasn’t sunk in, let me repeat it. We don’t need to compete with the world! Why? — Because we have Jesus!
… in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. (Col. 1:14-18)
All of Scripture points us to Jesus. He is all-sufficient. He is enough. He is the answer. We don’t have to compete with the world!
I came across this video that should help drive home the reality that what we have to offer people is far more than they can get anywhere else. It will be worth four minutes of your time — even if you’ve seen it before. (If the video doesn’t open in your browser, you can watch it on GodTube.)