We’ve already looked at how God’s grace provides us with the power to rise above the frustrations that can come from obstacles that get in our way when managing facilities. Sometimes the problem is internal, though, within the leader, maybe even within the Body as a whole. We’re talking about attitudes that surface when we begin to compare or compete.
Grace Addresses the Attitudes in Using Church Facilities as Point of Comparison or Competition
When church leaders are tempted to compare their facilities to others, it can so easily slide into one of two directions:
1) They might become proud and act like it’s a competition to have the biggest and/or best.
Grace, however, reminds us that the only thing we have to boast in is our God and what He has accomplished, not in our buildings or any other thing.
through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. (Rom. 5:2)
Grace leads to humility rather than pride.
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” (James 4:6)
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. (Rom. 12:3)
2) They might become discontent and discouraged that they don’t have more, developing a consumerism type of attitude.
Grace, however, builds in us a contentment that does not come from what we have but Who we have and who we are in Him.
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them – yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. (1 Cor. 15:10)
God’s grace can change us from the inside out so that we have the right attitudes when it comes to our church facilities.
If you haven’t already read it, be sure to read: God’s Power -The Grace of God