You might be thinking, “Oh the possibilities that would come from having a great church building!” Let me encourage us instead to say, “Oh the possibilities that come from having a great God!”
In truth, God’s character defines the possibilities for the church, not our facilities. Out of the fullness of who He is comes His great power.
Possibilities Because of God’s Great Power, Not Because of Great Buildings
Let’s look at a few verses to cement this truth in our hearts and minds:
1) Ephesians 3:20-21 —
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
We can get so enamored with and focused on our buildings that we forget that it is “HIM who is able to do immeasurable more …” We can get so envious of other churches with great facilities that we think ministry can’t possibly happen here like it does there. Remember God’s words to the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9 — “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Paul concluded, “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” God takes pleasure in displaying His grace and power through weaker vessels which could include church buildings that are humble in comparison to others.
2) John 15:5 —
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
If lives were changed, it was because of God’s power at work, not because you used the latest technology, mood lighting, and all the other accessories found in a great church building. Apart from Him the greatest, most high tech, well-designed building can do nothing of eternal value.
3) 2 Peter 1:3
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
You might be saying, “If only we had a better facility, then we could be more effective!” But, is that what God considers effectiveness? The verses following the above verse list traits in a godly life. When we get to verse 9 we read, “For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” If we want to be more effective as a church, we need more godly lives filling whatever kind of building in which we meet.
Are you investing as much time, attention, and resources into the discipleship of those who are a part of your church as you do the building in which you meet? Are you teaching people to tap into that divine power that leads to a godly community of believers? If so, God will “do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Eph. 3:20-21).
Oh the possibilities that come from having a great God!