This has been my observation: Everyone wants to be part of something great - whether it has to do with sports, business or church - the problem is very few want to do the work to make something great.
Take, for example, Microsoft. Anyone would want to be privy to the benefits that come from being part of that company - and by benefits I'm referring to the large amounts of money that many associated with the company have earned. (At one point I heard that Microsoft had made more millionaires than any other company!) But, for all the rags to riches stories involved with Microsoft, there are plenty of rags to rags stories. You know - the folks that didn't stick around long enough to see their involvement pay off - those who cashed in early. I'm guessing there are more than a few regrets in that group.
Consider the Seattle Seahawks. They're an amazing team that just about any player would love to play for. In fact, I imagine, just about any head coach would love to coach the team...now. That wasn't always the case though. Let's face it - there were a lot of 'lean years' for the 'Hawks. But then Coach Carroll came along, had a vision, saw something in some players that others overlooked and built, undeniably, a championship team that anyone would be proud to be part of. By the way - it takes more than just good coaching and talented athletes to make a championship team. Consider the trainers, investors, promoters, etc that work together to make it happen!
That brings me to churches. Everyone wants to be part of a great church. To be part of a dynamic worship service where you can get caught up in the presence of the Lord and forget your surroundings. To be involved in a church that is busy meeting the needs of the local community as well as sending people around the world on missions trips. To be able to boast about the cradle to the grave ministries that bless all ages and have people coming out of the wood work just to have their kids be involved in the children's, youth or young adults groups.
The problem is that far too few people want to be part of making the church great. Great churches don't just happen - they happen when the people in the pews believe in the mission. When they have the conviction and drive to stop talking about ministry/outreach and start doing it - and then keep doing it until the fruit begins to show.
I often think about the group gathered in the upper room in Acts chapter 2. We know that everyone in the room experienced an amazing move of God that they couldn't have fathomed beforehand. We also know that they waited for ten days without seeing anything out of the ordinary happen. We know there were 120 people inthat room when the Holy Spirit broke out on them. What we don't know, however, is how many people started out in that upper room but left after not seeing anything for a day or two - or a week. I wonder if someone was walking down the stairs when the wind started blowing in the room - and they missed it...by a minute.
If you're frustrated with your church because it's not as great as you think it should be can I put a challenge to you? Stop looking around for a great church to move to and start thinking about what you can do to make yours great!
Just a few thoughts from this simple man.