My mind thinks of two examples, a person and a church, who were very busy, but failing at the most important task Jesus expected them to do.
EXAMPLE #1: “Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me”” (Luke 10:40).
Jesus response: “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her”” (10:41–42).
EXAMPLE #2: “You say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing.”
Jesus Response: “Not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked” (Revelation 3:17).
What is it that makes us blind to our own condition and needs? In both cases, Martha and the church in Laodicea, they were occupied with themselves, very complacent, but had lost the attitude of dependence on Jesus Christ, the Head of the Church. As we see with Laodicea, their condition was nauseating to the Lord (3:16).
Rick Wood in his article (ibid) says that “most churches are operating with a broken compass.” A compass needle will always point north. If our spiritual compass, personally and as a church, always points to Jesus Christ as our Head, and the absolute authority of Scripture, we will not fail to be led by the Holy Spirit. Following this compass means that we will be making disciples who are steadfast in faith, obedient to the Word of God, and empowered by the Holy Spirit. This compass will make us successful in disciple-making.
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