What Are You Celebrating?

Every Sunday night and Monday I always enjoy looking at the social media feeds of my pastor friends as they celebrate all that God did that day in their church. I love to celebrate with them to see headlines like "105 people baptized this weekend" or "48 people accepted Christ" or even "16,500 people for Easter." Some of you may say, well it's not all about the numbers. While I would agree that you can't obsess over numbers, we can't underestimate the value of numbers. As a wise pastor once said, Numbers equal people, people equal changed lives and changed lives matter to God.  

This is why we do what we do, to see lives changed. A older pastor friend of mine told me something when I was a younger pastor that has stuck with me for many years. He said the goal of every Sunday was to see transformation take place in people's lives. I will be the first to tell you that every sermon and service will not knock it out of the park. However the Sundays that you may not feel the sermon was a home run, could very well be a Sunday that changes someone's life. 

The question is what are you celebrating in your church? Is there something happening in your church weekly that is not only being celebrated on Facebook, but also causes heaven to celebrate? If you are not seeing transformed lives often in your church, maybe it's time to change what you are doing. If you want to see different results, you must change your methods. If you are refusing to change, then maybe you need to ask why you do what you do. If life change isn't the goal, then you are in the wrong line of work. 

Remember it isn't about posting something amazing on social media, it's about being a part of changing lives in your community and reaching people who are far from Christ. However, don't be ashamed to celebrate the blessings that God is pouring out in your life and in the life of our church. 

Jeremy Johnson