Recently, I found a great quote which sparked an idea in my mind about how our churches really function. It comes from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette….
The innovative UPMC surgeon, Dr. Freddie Fu who specializes in arthroscopic knee surgery, talked about advances in sports medicine. (The doctor) recalled the early 1990s when promising Pitt running back Curtis Martin had an ankle injury. (He) helped Martin get an MRI, something new then, and it revealed an injury severe enough to end his season. (He) pointed out that letting the ankle heal properly helped Martin go on to an NFL career that culminated in his recent election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
“We’ve all heard the expression, ‘Keep your eyes on the ball.’ In sports medicine, we keep our eyes on the patient.”
As I read this, I thought how often we’ve done that in our churches. We’ve concentrated on the ball and missed the patient. Meaning, we spend quite a bit of time on insignificant or superficial things, but often forget about ministry to the hurting “patients” around us.
When I’m saying superficial things, I’m speaking of the fights in our congregation over the colors in the nursery, the layout of the chairs in the auditorium, the dress of the pastor etc. We even get tangled up debating some fine points of doctrine in a non-loving way. And of course there are the “worship wars” over music that many churches face. To the outsider, we don’t very inviting at times.
We need to keep our eyes on the patient.
Here’s another area we easily fall into, competition with the church down the road. We look at our church and measure ourselves with “them” and miss those hurting around us, the patient, so-to-speak.
Keep our eyes on the patient.
We need to keep our eyes on the patient, by keeping ourselves firmly grounded on Jesus , and seek out ways to reach those who need the LORD. Presenting His Word in a simple, relevant way that touches their life and speaks to the hurts they have.
Blessings My Friend