It’s confession time. I got ticked yesterday…while I was preaching! So here’s the deal–we’ve spent ten weeks fleshing out Acts 1 & 2 trying to understand and then become more like the Acts 2 church. When I asked for a response about inviting and welcoming some people next Sunday to a special event, only about 25% of our people (in one of the services) indicated they could participate in that kind of ministry. I was really upset and almost lost my cool. That doesn’t happen often.
So here are a few questions I have on that…
- Is it that we tend to spectate more than participate–even when asked to respond with a raised hand?
- Are our people more honest than most, not wanting to commit to something that they suspect they will not do?
- Is it that my expectations are too high?
- Was the anger in me at that moment righteous or carnal?
This morning, as I was spending some personal time in the Word, I came across these verses from Ezekiel 33:31-32:
“So my people come pretending to be sincere and sit before you. They listen to your words, but they have no intention of doing what you say. Their mouths are full of lustful words, and their hearts seek only after money. You are very entertaining to them, like someone who sings love songs with a beautiful voice or plays fine music on an instrument. They hear what you say, but they don’t act on it!”
I also received an email from a friend that put it this way..
I’m sure there are many reasons why some people were uncomfortable to do anything besides just sit quietly in their seats and listen. (That’s the type of church I grew up in, by the way.) And I’m sure that many people just won’t come to the front of the church. I’m not saying that’s right, but I wouldn’t assume that they weren’t on board with your call. I actually did come up, but stood along the wall. Coming forward should have been an easy thing for me to do, but I hadn’t done it before. And I’m sure many others were wrestling in their own minds over that, too. And if nothing else, I guess it shows that there’s still work to be done (no surprise, right?).
Bottom line? We had an awesome Sunday. So many people are on-board without question. I don’t think it was right that I got ticked. In fact, now I’m ticked that I got ticked…