“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen… But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” – Hebrews 11: 1,6
There’s a time that comes in all of our hearts where we lose sight, even if for only a moment, of where we are with God. Let’s be honest—it can happen more than once, and sometimes on a semi-regular basis. When that happens, there’s no judgement, no condemnation, from anyone that matters at any rate. But it’s time to consider whether where we are is the place we want to be. It’s time to think about whether we’re doing enough…whether we’re being enough. It’s time to decide whether just “enough” is really enough for us.
The fact is, church is not a club, and if it is, membership of that club is not enough. Singing songs without actually worshipping is a hollow thing. It’s not enough. Having meetings without inviting God to set the agenda is pointless. The church is an entity, a creature in its own right: a mission statement, not a museum. Simply turning up is not enough. Simply having excellent teaching and good programs is not enough. The status quo is not enough. The church is a living, breathing thing, constantly evolving, constantly changing. But change without transformation is not enough either.
Teaching the Gospel is a great thing, and a noble calling, and it’s not enough. Gospel means “good news”, and good news should be shared, but just sharing it is not enough, just as having good bible studies is good, but not enough. Being good people is great! But it’s not enough. The fact is, “good enough” is not enough.
Just as the church is a living, breathing thing, so too is the word of God. Everything that the Father breathes His Word upon is a living, breathing thing, because He has a quickening spirit. That doesn’t mean it goes fast (although it most certainly does; the Holy Spirit goes like a runaway train when He wants to) —it means things burst into life around it. Growth, blossoming and transformation is a fact of life around the Spirit, and so simply learning and passing on what we’ve learned is not enough. We need to engage, not just observe, and focus on unlocking potential: pursue what could be, not what could have been or what was. And knowing about God without knowing God is meaningless, so guess what? It’s not enough, not by a long shot.
We’re involved with the training of commandos, not the formation of committees. Reading the Acts of the Apostles is not enough. The book of Acts is called that because that’s what the Apostles were doing. They were engaged in action. It’s unthinkable to read about those actions without acting ourselves. We are the Acts of the Apostles, and to just react is not enough. We are a battleship, not a cruise ship; an army, not an audience. To sit back and wait is not enough. We are a forward people. We march.
Having faith is a wonderful thing: the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen, and without works of faith it’s not enough. Works of faith are remarkable testimonies, but without love to fill them to the brim and animate them in the Spirit, works of faith are just not enough…because what we do has to come from our relationships, with God first and with each other second.
We need to be the ones leaving the building and telling stories of God’s power today, not sitting in a circle telling each other stories of God’s power two millennia ago. Good news should never be whispered. It should be roared, and quiet, “indoor” voices are not enough. Living as a saved people may be the greatest thing that’s ever happened to us, and it’s not enough, because there’s more. We left the natural world far behind when we died to that life. The emphasis isn’t just on “saved”, but also on “living”. This is today. This is now, and the future is a quickening thing, coming on fast, and the past is not enough.
Look around you. Where are you now? Are you comfortable with where you are? Is it safe? Are you where you were a year ago? Is that good enough for you? Because we are a transformative people, possessed of a transformative Spirit, beloved of a transformative Father—and staying the same is not enough. Good enough, is not enough.
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