If you and your church were to disappear off the face of the earth tomorrow, would anyone in the community around you notice you were gone? And if the community did even notice would they say ‘we are really glad they are gone’, or ‘we are really going to miss them’?-Tim Keller
This is a great question to ask as you and I move into 2015. Yet asking the question is one thing, getting an honest answer is another. Too often in our churches we are keeping busy and being distracted with our programs and events that indulge us and make us feel self-important. Yet at the end of the day, what Kingdom impact are we really making to the community around us? Are lives, families and communities radically changed and impacted? Have we been a blessing to them? Serving them? Show them the love of Jesus in word and deed?
Certainly God's power and ability to impact lives, families, communities and societies is very much possible without you and me. He can and will accomplish His purposes - "I tell you," he replied, "if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out." (Lk 19:40). And yet he uses broken, frail and faulty men and women like you and me. It is a privilege that we have the invitation to be a part of God's redeeming purposes. Therefore let us use our time, talents, money and energy to do more than just serving ourselves, let us bless and serve others who are outside our church. Let us make such a tangible impact and have such a positive presence that our communities would certainly miss us if we were to disappear tomorrow.