It seems like some churches are only out to feed themselves. The more people they have in their seats, the better they feel, and if they see that they are losing members, they immediately begin to change their church to better please the people.
A church isn’t a business. The goal of the church is not to make money. Sure, the bills need to be paid. And some of the full time workers need to be paid as well. But money isn’t the first priority of the church. Nor is a head count. So, if a church is only trying to grow so that they have more money or more people in the seats, then their priorities might be skewed. The goal of church, in terms of growth, is to give the salvation of Jesus to those who don’t have it.
Our job as church attendees is to provide a place for people to find God. Does it matter who we invite? No, it doesn’t. Everybody needs Jesus. Does it matter how many people we invite? No, we can invite as many people as we want.
And now here is the most important question of them all. Does it matter that “I” like the fact that I will get things like money, friends, and security because I’m inviting as many people as I can to my church? No, that doesn’t matter either. Here’s why:
Building the Kingdom of Heaven—a.k.a., adding to the number of people who receive salvation from Jesus—is a perfect circle. We’ve all heard of the expression, “it’s a viscous circle.” Well, adding to the number of Christ followers in our lives is a “perfect circle.”
Think about it. Christ calls us all to love, give generously, and be kind to everyone. Who couldn’t use a little more of that in their lives? And it is not selfish of us to enjoy those fruits as we continue to add people to the Kingdom of Heaven. “The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops. Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all of this” (2 Timothy 2:6-7).
To conclude, again, the church is not a business. We are not in it for the money. But it is a place that needs to continue to grow. It just needs to grow for the right reason, and that reason is that we want to give people the opportunity to receive Jesus Christ. New members of the congregation should not come from other churches. They should come from the homes of people who don’t have Christ in their lives.
And, again, as the church grows, should we feel ashamed of ourselves because now we have more friends, more people being kind to us, and the pastor is finally making a decent wage at the end of the week? Absolutely not!